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Spice in container brought up by Margaret (6)


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'spice' is the definition.
(I know that Nutmeg is a spice)

'container brought up by margaret' is the wordplay.
'container' becomes 'tun' (tun is a kind of container).
'brought up' says the letters should be written in reverse (in a down clue, letters go up).
'by' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'margaret' becomes 'meg' (short for Margaret).
'tun' backwards is 'nut'.

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for nutmeg that I've seen before include "Hard seed of tropical tree grated for spice" , "spicy stuff" , "Asian tree whose aromatic seed is used as spice when grated or ground" , "Aromatic seasoning" , "Variety of spice" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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