Help With Cryptic Crossword

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dutchwoman | 16:18 Sun 26th Dec 2021 | Crosswords
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31 across ( 5,8)
State running Austrian school having sacked Head

I’m a newbie to cryptic crosswords teaching myself using the practise makes perfect technique. I think I’ve got the answer using the definition (state ) and the existing letters
- o - t- , ??????n?
South Carolina
But how the heck does the wordplay lead to that ?

Many thanks


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31a.South Carolina- anagram of Austrian (s)chool
running is the anagram indicator and sacked head refers to dropping the initial letter of school.Hope this helps.

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