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Dog is cross; oddly ideal (7)


I believe the answer is:


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' indicates alternate letters.

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


'is' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for spaniel that I've seen before include "Dog with drooping ears", "See 13", "See 1 Across", "Long-eared dog", "Droopy-eared dog", "Kind of dog, may be a cocker", "Springer- - -", "Alpines (anag)", "Gundog; obsequious type" and "Leaps in (anag.)".)


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