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One granny and one friend, lifeless (9)


I believe the answer is:


'lifeless' is the definition.
('inanimate' can be similar in meaning to 'lifeless')

'one granny and one friend' is the wordplay.
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'granny' becomes 'nan'.
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'friend' becomes 'mate' (mate is a kind of friend**).

(Other definitions for inanimate that I've seen before include "Dull" , "wooden" , "Lacking life" , "Not living" , "Showing no feeling" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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