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Rough lines outlining snake (5)


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'rough' is the definition.
(I know that rough can be written as raspy)

'lines outlining snake' is the wordplay.
'lines' becomes 'ry' (abbreviation for railway).
'outlining' means one lot of letters goes inside another (some letters create an outline round others).
'snake' becomes 'asp' (asp is a kind of snake).
'ry' enclosing 'asp' is 'RASPY'.

(Another definition for raspy that I've seen is " Harsh, grating".)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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