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Sponge from a sucker being set up (5)

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I believe the answer is:

loofa

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Here is my best explanation:

'sponge' is the definition.

Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot see how one could define the other.

'a sucker being set up' is the subsidiary indication.

'sucker' becomes 'fool' ('fool' can be a synonym of 'sucker').

'being set up' is a reversal indicator.

'a'+'fool'='afool'

'afool' back-to-front is 'loofa'.

'from' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for loofa that I've seen before include "One in bath", "washer", "Gourd used as a sponge", "Bath sponge", "bathing accessory", "back-scratcher?", "Firm sponge", "American scrubber", "Fruit used for a sponge" and "Sponge".)

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