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Railing is in raillery! (8)


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Here is my best explanation:

'railing' is the definition.

(banister is a kind of railing)

'is in raillery' is the subsidiary indication.

'in' is an insertion indicator.

'raillery' becomes 'banter' ('banter' can be a synonym of 'raillery').

'is' put into 'banter' is 'banister'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for banister that I've seen before include "Upright supporting handrail of stairs", "Staircase handrail", "Rail beside a staircase", "Stair-rail", "Support running alongside stairs", "Staircase railing", "Handrail", "Stair rail" and "Stair handrail and supports".)


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