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Unfortunately get rain around start of afternoon (it might be good for lawn) (8)


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'unfortunately get rain around start of afternoon it might be good for lawn' is the definition.
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'unfortunately get rain around start of afternoon' is the wordplay.
'unfortunately' indicates an anagram (a bad or unfortunate spelling).
'around' is an insertion indicator.
'start of' indicates taking the first letters.
The initial letter of 'afternoon' is 'a'.
'getrain' with letters rearranged gives 'aerting'.
'aerting' placed around 'a' is 'AERATING'.

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(Other definitions for aerating that I've seen before include "Exposing to air" , "Putting the fizz into mineral water" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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