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Ready to support German complaint (5)


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'complaint' is the definition.
(an objection or source of annoyance)

'ready to support german' is the wordplay.
'ready' becomes 'ripe' (similar in meaning).
'to support' says to put letters next to each other (in a down clue, some letters hold up others).
'german' becomes 'g' (abbreviation).
'ripe' after 'g' is 'GRIPE'.

(Other definitions for gripe that I've seen before include "Grumble informally" , "Protest" , "Grievance" , "carp" , "Keep on complaining" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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