Crossword Genius

Giving a guarantee, which is auspicious (9)


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'auspicious' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'giving a guarantee which is' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'is' is found in the answer.
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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for promising that I've seen before include "Giving one's word", "Favourable -- hopeful", "Encouraging" and "Showing great potential".)

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