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Clue no. 8: Clubs perhaps where no ordinary seamen would be seen when lot met very merry once a year

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A clue to TWELVEMONTH/a thematic word of your choice (Right & Left).
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Comments on the clue
1.Clever def. for quarterdeck.
2.Nice cryptic definition of quarterdeck. Not sure "Merry", as a noun, is a good anag. indicator – maybe "…when lot met merrily…" is better?
3.Lovely clue for QUARTERDECK but the anagram in part two doesn't read very naturally