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It can be markedly unsightly (5)


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'it can be markedly unsightly' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'it' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'it' could be 't' (abbreviation. e.g. in 'tis) and 't' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'sain' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for stain that I've seen before include "Blemish; colour (wood)" , "Discoloration" , "Discolouration" , "Dirty mark; dye" , "Smear" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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