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Fly low round southern desert (8)


I believe the answer is:


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

'low round southern desert' is the wordplay.
'low' becomes 'moo' (both can mean to make a cow noise).
'round' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'southern' becomes 's' (abbreviation).
'desert' becomes 'quit' (I've seen this before).
'moo' going around 'squit' is 'MOSQUITO'.

(Other definitions for mosquito that I've seen before include "Kind of blood-sucking tropical gnat" , "Sucker" , "Malaria transmitter" , "Disease-carrying insect" , "Disease-spreading insect" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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