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Regular soldiers put November in events book (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ordinary

Here is my best explanation:

'regular' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'soldiers put november in events book' is the subsidiary indication.

'soldiers put' becomes 'or' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).

'november' becomes 'n' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).

'in' is an insertion indicator.

'events book' becomes 'diary'.

'n' going into 'diary' is 'dinary'.

'or'+'dinary'='ordinary'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for ordinary that I've seen before include "Everyday", "Not worthy of noting in X-Files", "simple charge", "Unremarkable", "standard", "Common", "charge for arms", "Run-of-the-mill", "Standard" and "Not exceptional in any way".)

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