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Jack and I curse very badly organised public duty (4,7)


I believe the answer is:

jury service

'public duty' is the definition.
(jury service is a public duty)

'jack and i curse very badly organised' is the wordplay.
'jack' becomes 'J' (playing card abbreviation).
'and' says to put letters next to each other.
'badly organised' is an anagram indicator.
'icursevery' anagrammed gives 'uryservice'.
'j'+'uryservice'='JURY SERVICE'

(Another definition for jury service that I've seen is " Task forbidden to lunatics, clergymen, etc".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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