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A little dog - perhaps one plays with it (3,7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

toy spaniel

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Here is my best explanation:

'a little dog' is the definition.

'perhaps one plays with it' is the wordplay.
'perhaps' is an anagram indicator.
'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'one'+'plays'='oneplays'
'oneplays' put after 'it' is 'itoneplays'.
'itoneplays' anagrammed gives 'TOY SPANIEL'.

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(Another definition for toy spaniel that I've seen is "small dog".)

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