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Absolutely serious eastern winds (7)


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'absolutely serious' is the definition.
'earnest' can be an answer for 'serious' (similar in meaning). I am unsure of the 'absolutely' bit.

'eastern winds' is the wordplay.
'winds' indicates anagramming the letters (the letters wind around).
'eastern' with letters rearranged gives 'EARNEST'.

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(Other definitions for earnest that I've seen before include "Serious - advance" , "Eastern (anag.)" , "Grave" , "Impassioned" , "Sincere; determined" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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