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Half grand, Queen uplifted governments (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

regimes

Here is my best explanation:

'governments' is the definition.

('regime' can be a synonym of 'government')

'half grand queen uplifted' is the subsidiary indication.

'half' becomes 'semi' (I've seen this before**).

'grand' becomes 'g' ('G' can be a synonym of 'grand').

'queen' becomes 'er' (abbreviation for Elizabeth Regina).

'uplifted' says the letters should be written backwards.

'semi'+'g'+'er'='semiger'

'semiger' back-to-front is 'regimes'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for regimes that I've seen before include "rules", "governments?", "Systems of government or courses of treatment" and "Governments in power".)

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