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Tarnished instead, sadly (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'tarnished' is the definition.
('stained' can be a synonym of 'tarnished')

'instead sadly' is the subsidiary indication.
'sadly' is an anagram indicator.
'instead' with letters rearranged gives 'stained'.


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This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for stained that I've seen before include "Church feature - side sold was wanting (anag)", "Marked, discoloured", "Soiled", "___ glass", "Like many church windows" and "Discoloured".)

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