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upcast and carrying an instrument, said hello (7)

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I believe the answer is:

saluted

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Here is my best explanation:

'upcast and' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.

'carrying an instrument said hello' is the wordplay.
'carrying' indicates putting letters inside.
'an instrument' becomes 'lute' (lute is a kind of instrument).
'said hello' becomes 'sad' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'lute' put inside 'sad' is 'SALUTED'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for saluted that I've seen before include "Presented arms", "Greeted or honoured", "Recognised with a gesture", "Due last (anag.)", "Kissed", "Given a tribute" and "Acknowledged".)

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