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Stand on the table using sword to protect nurse (7)

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I believe the answer is:

epergne

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Here is my best explanation:

'stand on the table' is the definition.

'epergne' can be an answer for 'stand' (I've seen this before). I am not sure about the 'on the table' bit.

'sword to protect nurse' is the subsidiary indication.

'sword' becomes 'epee' (epee is a kind of sword).

'to protect' is an insertion indicator.

'nurse' becomes 'rgn' (abbreviation for Registered General Nurse).

'epee' placed around 'rgn' is 'epergne'.

'using' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for epergne that I've seen before include "ornament on board", "holder", "Table centre-piece with branching holders", "stand on the table!", "Table ornament with small bowls on branched supports", "Branched flower-holder", "Large centrepiece", "Table-centre stand", "Table centrepiece with flowers, fruit" and "Centrepiece".)

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