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A botanist's angle? (4)


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'a botanist's angle?' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'a botanist's angle?' is the wordplay.
'botanist' becomes 'xi' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'angle?' becomes 'l'.

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(Another definition for axil that I've seen is " Angle between leaf and stem".)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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