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Dog is cross; oddly ideal (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

spaniel

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Here is my best explanation:

'dog' is the definition.

(spaniel is a kind of dog)

'cross oddly ideal' is the subsidiary indication.

'cross' becomes 'span' ('span' can be a synonym of 'cross'**).

'oddly' means one should take alternating letters.

The alternate letters of 'ideal' are 'iel'.

'span'+'iel'='spaniel'

'is' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for spaniel that I've seen before include "Dog with long silky coat", "Droopy-eared dog", "Droopy-ear dog", "Cocker - -", "See 1 Across", "Dog found among the alpines", "See 13", "Springer- - -", "[HOUND]" and "Kind of dog, may be a cocker".)

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