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Reportedly excellent masterstroke to produce short verse form (5)


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'verse form' is the definition.
(I know that haiku is a type of verse form)

'reportedly excellent masterstroke to produce' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'excellent' could be 'ai' (resembles 'A1', old-fashioned term for excellent) and 'ai' is found in the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'short' is the link.

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(Other definitions for haiku that I've seen before include "Stylised Japanese poem of 17 syllables" , "Jap. 17-syllable verse" , "Japanese 3-line poem of 17 syllables" , "ode" , "Short Japanese poem" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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