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Half-cut banter in bar (4)


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Here is my best explanation:

'bar' is the definition.

(rail is a kind of bar)

'half-cut banter' is the subsidiary indication.

'half-cut' suggests halving the letters.

'banter' becomes 'raillery' ('raillery' can be a synonym of 'banter').

'raillery' halved 'rail'.

'in' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for rail that I've seen before include "Bird with long legs", "Safety bar; bird", "Scoff", "Waterside bird; part of track", "Bar - marsh bird", "Track - complain - bird", "Bird - track", "Complain about - marsh bird", "Wading bird" and "The permanent way".)


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