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Picadors in trouble occurring now and then (8)


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'occurring now and then' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'picadors in trouble' is the wordplay.
'in trouble' is an anagram indicator.
'picadors' with letters rearranged gives 'SPORADIC'.

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(Other definitions for sporadic that I've seen before include "Occasional - intermittent" , "infrequent" , "Scattered - irregular" , "Occurring infrequently" , "Isolated; intermittent" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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