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Withdrawn train cut for engineering work? (8)


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Here is my best explanation:

'withdrawn' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'train cut for engineering work?' is the wordplay.
'for engineering work?' indicates anagramming the letters.
'traincut' is an anagram of 'TACITURN'.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for taciturn that I've seen before include "Of few words", "quiet", "tight-lipped", "Not talkative", "Reticent", "Uncommunicative, of few words", "Untalkative", "disinclined to speak", "Without saying much" and "Aloof".)

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