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Night bird in outside hedges gives a loud cry (5)


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'gives a loud cry' is the definition.
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'night bird in outside hedges' is the wordplay.
'night bird' becomes 'owl' (I've seen this in another clue).
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'outside' says to hollow out the word (remove centre letters) (I've seen 'outside of' mean this).
'hedges' with its centre removed is 'hs'.
'owl' inserted into 'hs' is 'HOWLS'.

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(Another definition for howls that I've seen is " Wails".)

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