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A cryptic clue is made of of 3 parts (as I understand it).
1) The definition of the solution. This is at either the start or end of the clue. You must determine which it is. It is usually the first or last word in the clue but sometimes it is multiple words. Beware that the clue setter will try to misdirect you.
2) The solution construction. The rest of the clue is a sort of map to construct the solution. Again the setter will try to misdirect you.
3) The length of the solution. This can be trusted. The setter is not completely evil.

So for today's clue:
About a short stamp, the country leaves (11)
The definition is "leaves".
The construction is:
About         -> RE
A small Stamp -> SIG (a stamp can be a signature, small means shorthand for it = SIG)
The country   -> NATION

Put it all together and you get RESIGNATION an 11 letter word defined as "leaves".
But, but, but, you say, that's not a direct definition. Perhaps not, but it is closely related. Did I not tell you the setter can not be trusted? Big Grin | :-D

Then there are exceptions. Look at yesterday's clue:
Silicone Valley? (8)
The question mark meant the clue has to be looked holistically - definition and road map are both words together.
The answer is CLEAVAGE.

But, it's not a total free-for-all. There are rules the setter must follow but it isn't easy. I went months before I finally solved one. As time wore on I got better and better. In fact this week was a good week for me. I solved 3 of the 5 (alas I was unable to solve today's). But, I would have solved Wednesday's too except I was the evil clue setter bwahahahaha! Below are a couple links that other CP solvers gave me to help out - if you're interested in continuing down this twisty path.

Beginner's guide to solving cryptic crosswords | Crosswords | The Guardian[^]

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