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Duck, chum! It's a stone! (4)


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Here is my best explanation:

'a stone' is the definition.

'duck chum' is the wordplay.
'duck' becomes 'o'.
'chum' becomes 'pal' ('pal' can be a synonym of 'chum').

'it's' acts as a link.


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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for opal that I've seen before include "Milky stuff that's hard", "Milky-white gem", "Many-coloured gem", "Semi-transparent gem", "Iridescent gemstone", "Delicately-coloured gem", "Milky white gem", "Form of hydrated silica, often used as a gemstone", "Mineral used as a gemstone, of hydrated silica" and "what may be set in 29 [DIAL]".)

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