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Row involving stray dog (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'dog' is the definition.
(terrier is a kind of dog)

'row involving stray' is the wordplay.
'row' becomes 'tier' (tier is a kind of row).
'involving' is an insertion indicator.
'stray' becomes 'err' ('err' can be a synonym of 'stray').
'tier' placed around 'err' is 'TERRIER'.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for terrier that I've seen before include "Reserve soldier", "Small lively dog, may be Scotch", "Volunteer", "Small, short-bodied dog", "See 11", "part-timer in Services", "(Yorkshire?) dog", "inventory of property", "Dog - army volunteer - land register" and "Dog - reservist".)

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