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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 explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

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

'in' indicates putting letters inside.

'events book' becomes 'diary'.

'n' going inside 'diary' is 'dinary'.

'or'+'dinary'='ordinary'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for ordinary that I've seen before include "Commonplace, avergae", "Run of the mill", "Plain", "Normal or average", "Normal, mundane", "Run-of-the-mill", "Unexceptional, quite usual", "Customary", "Average" and "'Commonplace, banal (8)'".)

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