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Firm can shut when ruined (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'firm' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'can shut when ruined' is the subsidiary indication.

'when ruined' indicates anagramming the letters.


'canshut' anagrammed gives 'staunch'.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for staunch that I've seen before include "Firm; stem", "Firm in loyalty", "Dependable; stop (flow)", "Very loyal, committed", "Stop bleeding; trusty", "Stop (a flow of blood)", "Faithful and true", "Dependable; stem", "Loyal, committed" and "Trustworthy".)


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