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Beluga, shortly cooked, causing waistline problem? (5)


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'waistline problem?' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot see how one could define the other.

'beluga shortly cooked' is the wordplay.
'shortly' means to remove the last letter.
'cooked' indicates an anagram (letters cooked into a new form).
'beluga' with its final letter taken off is 'belug'.
'belug' with letters rearranged gives 'BULGE'.

'causing' is the link.

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(Other definitions for bulge that I've seen before include "Hump" , "Battle of the -----: last major German counter-offensive of WWII (1944)" , "Rounded swelling" , "Protuberance or outward swelling" , "Protrusion" .)

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