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Tangible diplomacy is lies, oddly (7)


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'tangible' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'diplomacy is lies oddly' is the wordplay.
'diplomacy' becomes 'tact' (tact can mean diplomacy or sensitivity).
'oddly' indicates alternate letters (letters in the odd-numbered positions are used).
The alternate letters of 'islies' are 'ile'.

(Other definitions for tactile that I've seen before include "Tangible - of touch" , "Cattle I find with sense of touch" , "Touchy-feely" , "Likely to touch" , "Lattice being sensitive to touch" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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