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Newcomer in India may be improvising, with tail all the way up (7)


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'india may be improvising with tail all the way up' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.

'newcomer in' is the wordplay.
'newcomer' becomes 'griff' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).

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(Other definitions for griffin that I've seen before include "Eagle-headed monster" , "Mythical creature" , "Mythical beast" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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