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Crafty nurses understanding only a little (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

slightly

Here is my best explanation:

'only a little' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'crafty nurses understanding' is the subsidiary indication.

'crafty' becomes 'sly' ('sly' can be a synonym of 'crafty').

'nurses' is an insertion indicator.

'understanding' becomes 'light' (light is a kind of understanding).

'sly' going around 'light' is 'slightly'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for slightly that I've seen before include "Somewhat", "To a small extent", "To a small degree", "Only a little", "Adverb meaning slender or slim", "Not very much" and "Mildly".)

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