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Given an award held forth after several weeks (9)


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'given an award' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both to do with contact as well as being past participle verbs.
Perhaps you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'held forth after several weeks' is the wordplay.
'held forth' becomes 'orated' (I've seen this in another clue).
'after' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'several weeks' becomes 'dec' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'orated' after 'dec' is 'DECORATED'.

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(Other definitions for decorated that I've seen before include "Ornate" , "Painted" , "Gothic style following 6 8" , "Wallpapered" , "Adorned, bedecked" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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