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Shoot? November is not part of the season (5)


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'shoot?' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'november is not part of the season' is the wordplay.
'november' becomes 'N' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'is not part of' suggests deleting specific letters.
'the season' becomes 'spring' (spring is a season).
'spring' with 'n' taken out is 'SPRIG'.

(Other definitions for sprig that I've seen before include "Tiny branch" , "What may be flowering" , "piece of holly" , "Small stem with leaves or flowers" , "Small branch or shoot" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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