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Optimistic about a flight on the wrong fuel (7)


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

'about a flight on the wrong fuel' is the wordplay.
'about' is an insertion indicator.
'a flight on' becomes 'hop' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'the wrong' indicates an anagram.
'fuel' anagrammed gives 'eful'.
'hop' placed inside 'eful' is 'HOPEFUL'.

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(Other definitions for hopeful that I've seen before include "Prospect" , "Promising success" , "One wishing to succeed" , "Optimistic, expectant" , "Wannabe" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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