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

Ross

I believe the answer is:

laziness

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 subsidiary indication.

'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' put within 'lass' is 'laziness'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

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

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