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Quiet sort of football game at first bringing resigned gesture (5)


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'resigned gesture' is the definition.
(gesture indicating one is resigned to something)

'quiet sort of football game at first' is the wordplay.
'quiet' becomes 'sh' (both can be said to tell someone to be quiet).
'sort of football' becomes 'RU' (Rugby Union).
'at first' indicates taking the first letters.
The first letter of 'game' is 'g'.

'bringing' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for shrug that I've seen before include "Gesture expressing unconcern" , "Uncaring gesture" , "Brush off" , "So-what gesture" , "Indifferent gesture" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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