Alternative = OR is standard fare in cryptic clues, but is it totally accurate? I can see OR as 'alternatively', not as 'alternative'. Am I missing something obvious or is this one of those Roman numeral things that have become valid through wide use?
Accurate or not, being able to use 'alternative' to clue OR does make life easy for the crossword setter. OR comes up frequently in grid fills and it helps to have a synonym for it that can be placed flexibly in the clue.
Enjoy these clues in which 'alternative' points to OR.
Everyman 3416: South American republic holding alternative view (8)
NIE (Rufus): Best alternative under the sun (7)
FT 14029 (Loroso): Worry about question over alternative north-south divide? (7)
Guardian 25555 (Boatman): They may be right; the alternative is to embrace evidence, ultimately (8)
THC 10452 (Neyartha): A form of frozen water is no alternative to licorice that is well-cooked (6)
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