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Crane moving bit of shell (5)


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'bit of shell' is the definition.
'nacre' can be an answer for 'shell' (nacre is a kind of shell). I am unsure of the 'bit of' bit.

'crane moving' is the wordplay.
'moving' indicates anagramming the letters (letters are moved around).
'crane' is an anagram of 'NACRE'.

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(Other definitions for nacre that I've seen before include "Constituent of inlay furniture" , "inside of shell" , "Mother of pearl" , "Mother-of-pearl - crane (anag)" , "Mother-of-pearl from shellfish" .)

I've seen this clue in The Daily Express.
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