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Hard to get one's teeth into side of cheese with mushy whey (5)

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chewy

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This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for chewy that I've seen before include "Soft and sticky (to eat)", "Like toffee", "hard to eat", "Hard to eat", "Requiring mastication, like toffee say", "With a texture like toffee", "Tough to masticate" and "Taking much mastication".)

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