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Middle of plot on American soil (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

loam

Here is my best explanation:

'soil' is the definition.

(loam is a kind of soil)

'middle of plot on american' is the subsidiary indication.

'middle of' means to look at the middle letters.

'on' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'american' becomes 'am' (abbreviation in some contexts).

The middle of 'plot' is 'lo'.

'lo'+'am'='loam'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for loam that I've seen before include "Soil", "A rich fertile soil", "Rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand, clay and decaying organic materials", "Fertile soil", "Rich soil with decayed vegetable matter", "Type of soil", "Rich soil, good for growing" and "Rich soil containing decayed matter".)

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