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No river attended by the navy in the Arctic? (8)


I believe the answer is:


'arctic?' is the definition.
(northern can mean relating to the arctic region)

'no river attended by the navy' is the wordplay.
'river' becomes 'r' (abbreviation for river).
'attended by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'navy' becomes 'RN' (abbreviation for Royal Navy).

'in the' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for northern that I've seen before include "Arctic - polar" , "Arctic, boreal" , "Line represented in black on the Tube map" , "Part of the UK" , "Not in or from the south" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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