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Demolish large new English comprehensive (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

general

Here is my best explanation:

'comprehensive' is the definition.

('general' can be similar in meaning to 'comprehensive')

'demolish large new english' is the subsidiary indication.

'demolish' indicates an anagram.

'new' becomes 'n'.

'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).

'large'+'n'+'e'='largene'

'largene' is an anagram of 'general'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for general that I've seen before include "Non-specialist - army officer", "Not specialised, rank", "Army officer", "Rank; normal, usual", "Enlarge for senior army officer", "Common - army officer", "Military commander", "Of wide application", "Not specialised, like army chief" and "The senior officer is common and widespread".)

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