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Little woman with bottle full of spirit? (6)


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'little woman with bottle full of spirit?' is the definition.
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'little woman with bottle' is the wordplay.
'little woman' becomes 'Jo' (character from Little Women).
'with' says to put letters next to each other.
'bottle' becomes 'vial' (vial is a kind of bottle).

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(Other definitions for jovial that I've seen before include "'Jolly, merry (6)'" , "Happy and cheerful" , "Cheerful, friendly" , "Genial, joyous" , "Cheerful, lively" .)

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