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Excessive to provoke fascist troops? (8)


I believe the answer is:


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

'provoke fascist troops' is the wordplay.
'provoke' becomes 'needle' (needling is a kind of provoking).
'fascist troops' becomes 'ss' (Nazi paramilitary organisation).

'to' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for needless that I've seen before include "Excessive" , "uncalled for" , "- - to say" , "Gratuitous" , "Lessened, as not required" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun and The Independent.
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