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Smiled when the spider got me agitated (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

simpered

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Here is my best explanation:

'smiled' is the definition.
(simpering is a kind of smiling)

'the spider got me agitated' is the wordplay.
'got' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'agitated' is an anagram indicator.
'spider'+'me'='spiderme'
'spiderme' with letters rearranged gives 'SIMPERED'.

'when' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for simpered that I've seen before include "Smiled stupidly", "Smiled in affected way" and "made with mince".)

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