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Unsophisticated not having paintings? (7)


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'unsophisticated' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'not having paintings?' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'not' could be 'less' (I've seen this in other clues) and 'less' is found within the answer.
'paintings?' could be 'art' (painting is a type of artwork) and 'art' is present in the answer.
No letters remain.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for artless that I've seen before include "Nave" , "Natural like slaters" , "Without guile or sophistry" , "Simple, unaffected" , "Free from cunning" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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