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Crafty nurses understanding only a little (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

slightly

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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'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for slightly that I've seen before include "Mildly", "To a small degree", "To a small extent", "little bit", "Quite!", "Not very much", "Only a little", "Somewhat", "A little" and "a tiny bit".)

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