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Chest picked up north of a large South African village (5)


I believe the answer is:


'south african village' is the definition.
(South African term for a small rural village)

'chest picked up north of a large' is the wordplay.
'chest' becomes 'ark' (historical term for a chest).
'picked up' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'north of' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (in a down clue, some letters go above others).
'large' becomes 'L' (eg in clothes sizes).
'ark' in reverse letter order is 'kra'.

(Other definitions for kraal that I've seen before include "African hutted village" , "African hut-village" , "African hut village" , "African village enclosure" , "Fenced settlement" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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