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Assess legacy the writer’s received (8)


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'assess' is the definition.
(I know that assess is a more specific form of estimate)

'legacy the writer's received' is the wordplay.
'legacy' becomes 'estate' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'the writer's' becomes 'I'm' ('I am' referring to the writer of the clue).
'received' indicates putting letters inside.
'estate' enclosing 'im' is 'ESTIMATE'.

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(Other definitions for estimate that I've seen before include "damage" , "Statement giving the likely cost of a job" , "approximate price" , "Make an approximate assessment" , "Reckon, judge" .)

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