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Lay to rest without royal standard (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

test

Here is my best explanation:

'standard' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'lay to rest without royal' is the subsidiary indication.

'without' suggests deleting specific letters.

'lay'+'to'+'rest'='laytorest'

'laytorest' with 'royal' removed is 'test'.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for test that I've seen before include "type of examination", "Trial; Hampshire river", "Examination; trial", "Experiment", "Sample", "Ward off", "big game", "Cricket match; try", "Match" and "criterion".)

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