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Build battlements when Norman's head is found in basket, dead (10)


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'build battlements when' is the definition.
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'norman's head is found in basket dead' is the wordplay.
'head' suggests taking the first letters.
'is found in' is an insertion indicator.
'basket' becomes 'creel' (basket for holding fish).
'dead' becomes 'late' (similar in meaning).
The initial letter of 'normans' is 'n'.
'n' going inside 'creel' is 'crenel'.

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(Another definition for crenellate that I've seen is " Provide with battlements".)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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