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About a quarter recover? How surprising! (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

really

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Here is my best explanation:

'how surprising' is the definition.
('really?' can be said in disbelief or shock)

'about a quarter recover?' is the wordplay.
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'a quarter' becomes 'e'.
'recover?' becomes 'rally' (rallying is a kind of recovering).
'e' inserted within 'rally' is 'REALLY'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for really that I've seen before include "Truly, actually", "as a matter of fact", "In truth - join forces again", "Honestly, it's a fact", "In genuine way", "Undoubtedly", "are you sure?", "Is that so?", "In actual fact" and "surprised expression".)

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