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A Rhode Island hobo about to produce a medical meal (6)


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'a medical meal' is the definition.
'barium' can be an answer for 'meal' (I've seen this before). I am unsure of the 'a medical' bit.

'a rhode island hobo about' is the wordplay.
'rhode island' becomes 'ri' (US postal abbreviation).
'hobo' becomes 'bum' (synonyms).
'about' is an insertion indicator.
'ari' going inside 'bum' is 'BARIUM'.

'to produce' is the link.

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(Other definitions for barium that I've seen before include "Umbria (anag.)" , "Content of meal taken before X-ray" , "Metallic element, Ba" , "Substance swallowed to facilitate X-ray" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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