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Bess prays desperately but none of them will stop (7-2)


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'none of them will stop' is the definition.
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'bess prays desperately' is the wordplay.
'desperately' indicates anagramming the letters.
'bessprays' anagrammed gives 'PASSERS-BY'.

'but' acts as a link.

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(Another definition for passers-by that I've seen is " They keep walking, and don't stop to take an interest".)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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