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Dropping yellow, German artist unfinished (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ordure

Here is my best explanation:

'dropping' is the definition.

'yellow german artist unfinished' is the subsidiary indication.

'yellow' becomes 'or' (heraldic term).

'german artist' becomes 'durer' (I've seen this before).

'unfinished' means to remove the last letter.

'durer' with its final letter taken off is 'dure'.

'or'+'dure'='ordure'

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for ordure that I've seen before include "Filth", "Excrement" and "Dung, filth".)

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