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Spooky horse seen around hackney carriage? (7)


I believe the answer is:


'spooky' is the definition.

'horse seen around hackney carriage?' is the wordplay.
'horse' becomes 'mare' (mare is a kind of horse).
'seen around' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'hackney carriage?' becomes 'cab' (hackney carriage means a cab or taxi).
'mare' going around 'cab' is 'MACABRE'.

(Other definitions for macabre that I've seen before include "Ghastly, gruesome" , "'Grim, repellent (7)'" , "Dark and disturbing" , "Gruesome and weird" , "'Grisly, gruesome (7)'" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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