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Consecrated garden area containing fewer (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'consecrated' is the definition.
('bless' can be a synonym of 'consecrate')

'garden area containing fewer' is the wordplay.
'garden area' becomes 'bed' (as in a flower bed).
'containing' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'fewer' becomes 'less' ('less' is associated in meaning with 'fewer').
'bed' enclosing 'less' is 'BLESSED'.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for blessed that I've seen before include "Holy", "Beatified", "Sanctified", "Highly favoured or fortunate", "in heaven", "Happy; beatified", "darned", "worthy of respect", "Made lucky - made holy" and "Endowed".)

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