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Plain brown box on top (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

spartan

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Here is my best explanation:

'plain' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'brown box on top' is the wordplay.
'brown' becomes 'tan' (tan is a kind of brown).
'box' becomes 'spar' (sparring is a kind of boxing).
'on top' means one lot of letters go next to another (down clues only).
'tan' after 'spar' is 'SPARTAN'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for spartan that I've seen before include "Ascetic - ancient Greek", "Of conditions, simple and harsh as for ancient Greeks", "Austere - like Lysander?", "Lacking comfort or luxury", "Disciplined person", "Very strict - austere", "austere old Greek", "Resolute in the face of pain -- austere", "Austere, lacking luxury" and "toughly-disciplined type".)

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