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Grim as Dickens's house? (5)


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'grim' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for bleak that I've seen before include "Cold and raw" , "Stark" , "Gloomy" , "Desolate, hopoeless" , "Cold, bare; a Dickensian House" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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