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


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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.
'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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