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Sailor, not manned, organised desertion (11)


I believe the answer is:


'desertion' is the definition.

'sailor not manned organised' is the wordplay.
'sailor' becomes 'ab' (abbreviation for able seaman).
'organised' is an anagram indicator.
'notmanned' is an anagram of 'andonment'.

(Other definitions for abandonment that I've seen before include "leaving" , "Act of desertion" , "surrender" , "being neglected" , "Process of giving up completely" .)

I've seen this clue in The Daily Express.
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