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Model leaves aunt back at new church in the shade (6)


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'the shade' is the definition.

'model leaves aunt back at new church' is the wordplay.
'model' becomes 't' (Ford Model T car).
'leaves' indicates named letters should be taken away.
'back' says the letters should be written backwards.
'at new' becomes 'n' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'church' becomes 'CE' (abbreviation for Church of England).
'aunt' with 't' taken out is 'aun'.
'aun' back-to-front is 'nua'.

'in' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for nuance that I've seen before include "Subtle variation, in meaning say" , "Cue Ann into slight shade" , "Ace nun (anag)" , "Subtle shade of difference" , "Slight difference in meaning etc" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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