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Bulb put back: large one inside (5)


I believe the answer is:


'bulb' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'put back large one inside' is the wordplay.
'back' is a reversal indicator.
'large' becomes 'L' (eg in clothes sizes).
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'inside' indicates putting letters inside.
'put' in reverse letter order is 'tup'.
'tup' going around 'li' is 'TULIP'.

(Other definitions for tulip that I've seen before include "... and another [FLOWER]" , "Flower of the Netherlands" , "Bloomer" , "Liliaceous plant with a spring flower" , "Spring-flowering plant" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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