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Nuances one's got to have a clear head to see (9)


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'nuances' is the definition.
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'one's got to have a clear head to see' is the wordplay.
'got' is an insertion indicator.
'have' is an insertion indicator.
'a clear' becomes 'ver' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'head to' says to take the initial letters.
The initial letter of 'see' is 's'.
'one' placed around 'to' is 'otone'.
'otone' enclosing 'ver' is 'overtone'.

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(Other definitions for overtones that I've seen before include "added nuances" , "subtle innuendoes" , "Subtle implications" , "Upper partials" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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