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Certain to put the question to, by hook or by crook (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

somehow

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Here is my best explanation:

'by hook or by crook' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'certain to put the question' is the wordplay.
'certain' becomes 'some' ('some' can be a synonym of 'certain').
'to put' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'the question' becomes 'how' (I've seen this in other clues**).
'some'+'how'='SOMEHOW'

'to' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for somehow that I've seen before include "For some unspecified reason", "In one way or another", "By unspecified means", "In an unspecified way", "For an unknown reason; so who, me? (anag.)", "In a way not yet specified", "By hook or by crook", "By one means or another", "One way or another" and "In an unspecified manner".)

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