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Turning brown - Russian river, as is to be expected (7)


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'as is to be expected' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'turning brown russian river' is the wordplay.
'turning' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'brown' becomes 'tan' (tan is a kind of brown).
'russian river' becomes 'ural' (I've seen this in other clues).
'tan' back-to-front is 'nat'.

(Other definitions for natural that I've seen before include "Not made, normal" , "Without affectation" , "Unspoilt" , "Unaffected - musical character" , "Innate - neither flat nor sharp" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian and The Telegraph.
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