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Hairy spider's ending in drink (8)


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

'spider's ending in drink' is the wordplay.
'spider's ending' becomes 'er' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'drink' becomes 'whisky' (whisky is a kind of drink).
'er' placed inside 'whisky' is 'WHISKERY'.

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(Other definitions for whiskery that I've seen before include "Hairy" , "Bearded" , "mutton chops" , "With facial hair" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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