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First to get over splintered railing (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

original

Here is my best explanation:

'first' is the definition.

('original' can be similar in meaning to 'first')

'get over splintered railing' is the subsidiary indication.

'get' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'over' becomes 'o' (cricket abbreviation**).

'splintered' indicates an anagram.

'railing' anagrammed gives 'riginal'.

'o'+'riginal' is 'original'.

'to' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for original that I've seen before include "First, earliest", "Existing from the start - quite new", "Not a copy", "Archetype,master copy", "New in character or design - not a copy", "An oil rig (anag)", "Archetypal", "Archetype, master copy", "Never seen or performed before" and "Not derived or copied form something else".)

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