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Thread is line in middle of bulletin (5)


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'thread' is the definition.
(I know that lisle is a type of cotton)

'is line in middle of bulletin' is the wordplay.
'line' becomes 'l' (used when specifying particular lines from a poem).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'middle of' says to take the centre.
The centre of 'bulletin' is 'le'.
'isl' put within 'le' is 'LISLE'.

(Other definitions for lisle that I've seen before include "Strong cotton fabric" , "Twisted yarn" , "Strong tightly twisted cotton thread" , "Cotton stocking thread" , "Strong cotton material" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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