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Scandalous tirade is below standard (8)


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'scandalous' is the definition.

'tirade is below standard' is the wordplay.
'tirade' becomes 'rant' (both can mean an angry outburst).
'is below' says to put letters next to each other (in a down clue, some letters go below others).
'standard' becomes 'flag' (standard is a type of flag).
'rant' after 'flag' is 'FLAGRANT'.

(Other definitions for flagrant that I've seen before include "Being shameless" , "Conspicuous, blatant" , "Blatant, outrageous" , "Patent" , "Barefaced" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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