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Unthinkable, a short part for the lead (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

leash

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Here is my best explanation:

'the lead' is the definition.
('leash' can be a synonym of 'lead')

'unthinkable a short part' is the wordplay.
'part' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'LEASH' is hidden within 'unthinkable a short'.

'for' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for leash that I've seen before include "Rope to control dog", "Rope used to restrain an animal", "Bind", "A dog walker may use it", "Restraint for a dog", "Tether", "Rope or chain restraint", "Lead", "Spanish city famous for swordmaking" and "Restraining strap for dog".)

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