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Simplest mistake; the letters were put in the wrong place (8)


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'letters were put in the wrong place' is the definition.
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'simplest mistake' is the wordplay.
'mistake' indicates an anagram.
'simplest' with letters rearranged gives 'MISSPELT'.

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(Other definitions for misspelt that I've seen before include "badly written" , "Used the wrong letters" , "having put letters in wrong order" , "like velvit?" , "put down in error" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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