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Love extremely avid speech (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

adoration

Here is my best explanation:

'love' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'extremely avid speech' is the subsidiary indication.

'extremely' suggests removing the centre.

'speech' becomes 'oration' (oration is a kind of speech**).

'avid' with its middle removed is 'ad'.

'ad'+'oration'='adoration'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for adoration that I've seen before include "Love", "Deep love and respect", "Veneration", "Not a radio (anag.)", "Hero-worship", "Great affection", "Worship, veneration" and "Feeling of profound love".)

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