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In action it resembles saltpetre (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

nitre

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Here is my best explanation:

'saltpetre' is the definition.

('nitre' can be a synonym of 'saltpetre')

'in action it resembles' is the subsidiary indication.

'in' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.

'nitre' can be found hidden inside 'action it resembles'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for nitre that I've seen before include "safeguard against decay", "Inter (anag.)", "Inert (anag) - saltpetre", "Otherwise saltpetre", "explosive component", "Mineral used in gunpowder", "what goes into bangers", "Salt", "Explosive compound" and "chemical".)

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