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Sloth unknown in East, captured by young woman (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

laziness

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Here is my best explanation:

'sloth' is the definition.
('laziness' can be a synonym of 'sloth')

'unknown in east captured by young woman' is the wordplay.
'unknown' becomes 'z' (algebra).
'east' becomes 'e' ('E' can be a synonym of 'east').
'captured by' is an insertion indicator.
'young woman' becomes 'lass' (lass is a kind of young woman).
'z'+'in'+'e'='zine'
'zine' going inside 'lass' is 'LAZINESS'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for laziness that I've seen before include "Sloth", "Indolence, sloth", "Lethargy" and "Idleness".)

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