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Left inside so germs spread, which is stupid (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

gormless

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Here is my best explanation:

'is stupid' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'left inside so germs spread' is the wordplay.
'left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation).
'inside' is an insertion indicator.
'spread' indicates anagramming the letters.
'so'+'germs'='sogerms'
'sogerms' is an anagram of 'gormess'.
'l' going inside 'gormess' is 'GORMLESS'.

'which' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for gormless that I've seen before include "Stupid (slang)", "silly", "Slow", "Stupid - vacant", "Foolish, stupid", "Lacking the sense one was born with", "Lacking initiative (informal)", "Slow-witted", "Lacking initiative/sense" and "Silly, lacking sense (colloq.)".)

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