Cairns had freaky spiders (9)
I believe the answer is:
'freaky spiders' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both animals as well as being plural nouns.
Maybe you can see an association between them that I can't see?
'cairns had' is the wordplay.
'cairns had' anagrams to 'ARACHNIDS'.
Though, I am unsure how the anagram is indicated.
Can you help me to learn more?
I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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