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Something flowery appearing in early part of year, not November (5)


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Here is my best explanation:

'something flowery' is the definition.

'early part of year not november' is the subsidiary indication.

'early part of year' becomes 'spring'.

'not' suggests deleting specific letters.

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

'spring' with 'n' removed is 'sprig'.

'appearing in' is the link.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for sprig that I've seen before include "Small twig", "Young man", "Stem of holly, for example", "Small leafy stem", "Small branch or shoot", "Younger member of family", "Small stem taken from a bush or plant", "Purloined", "Tree shoot; headless nail" and "Grips with a small branch".)

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