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Unknown element in TV show (1,6)


I believe the answer is:

x factor

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'unknown element' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'tv show' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'show' could be 'act' (act is a kind of show) and 'act' is found in the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'in' is the link.

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(Other definitions for x factor that I've seen before include "Magical 'something'" , "Noteworthy special talent" , "Its judges hear appalling submissions" , "'Hard to define but important special property (1,6)'" , "Indefinable special quality" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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