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Called back, finding large lump (5)


I believe the answer is:


'lump' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'called back finding large' is the wordplay.
'called' becomes 'rang' ('ring' can be a synonym of 'call').
'back' says the letters should be written backwards.
'finding' says to put letters next to each other.
'large' becomes 'l'.
'rang' written backwards gives 'gnar'.

(Other definitions for gnarl that I've seen before include "Rough lump (on a tree)" , "lump of wood" , "Lump, growl" , "Tree-swelling" , "Lump or knot in a tree" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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