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Spring appears, finally, every year (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

spa

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Here is my best explanation:

'spring' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'appears finally every year' is the wordplay.
'finally' suggests the final letters.
'every year' becomes 'pa' (per annum).
The last letter of 'appears' is 's'.
's'+'pa'='SPA'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for spa that I've seen before include "Bath - mineral water spring", "Health and beauty treatment establishment", "here for healthy holiday", "E.g. Harrogate", "Spring", "hydro", "eg Bath", "Resort with mineral water spring", "town in Belgium" and "Watering-place".)

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