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Somewhat excessive number (6)


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Here is my best explanation:

'number' is the definition.
(ninety is a kind of number)

I don't understand how the rest of the clue works.


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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for ninety that I've seen before include "Four score and ten", "nearly a ton", "A number", "6 x 3 x 5", "fair amount", "XC (in ancient Rome)", "Excellent percentage score", "Very old", "Minutes played in a football match" and "high number".)

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