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A little brother's sitting up in bed, rapt (8)


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'rapt' is the definition.

'a little brother's sitting up in bed' is the wordplay.
'little brother's' becomes 'bro's'.
'sitting up' shows that the letters should be reversed in order (in a down clue, letters go up).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'bros' back-to-front is 'sorb'.
'sorb' put inside 'bed' is 'bsorbed'.

(Other definitions for absorbed that I've seen before include "Was a sponge" , "Wholly engrossed or imbued" , "Engrossed, immersed" , "Deep in thought" , "Assimilated" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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