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More nasty fellows surrounding a queen (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

meaner

Here is my best explanation:

'more nasty' is the definition.

('mean' can be similar in meaning to 'nasty')

'fellows surrounding a queen' is the subsidiary indication.

'fellows' becomes 'men'.

'surrounding' indicates putting letters inside.

'queen' becomes 'er' (Abbreviation for Elizabeth Regina).

'men' enclosing 'a' is 'mean'.

'mean'+'er'='meaner'

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for meaner that I've seen before include "More stingy or parsimonious", "Rename as being stingier", "Rename (anag.)", "Less generous", "Stingier", "Rename as being more stingy" and "More miserly".)

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