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Is round about? Yes, really (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

sic

Here is my best explanation:

'yes really' is the definition.

(used to show a quoted error is not itself an error)

'is round about?' is the subsidiary indication.

'round' is a reversal indicator.

'about?' becomes 'c' (abbreviation for 'circa').

'is' reversed gives 'si'.

'si'+'c'='sic'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for sic that I've seen before include "Written exactly thus", "Quoted exactly as in the original; so", "So", "Thus in Corsica", "Intentionally so written", "Urge to attack", "As it is in the original", "It calls attention to a quoted mistake", "Thus, sounds ill" and "Word to call attention to a quoted mistake".)

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