Crossword Genius

Drunk under the spotlight? (3)


I believe the answer is:


I'm a little stuck... Click here to teach me more about this clue!

'drunk' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'under the spotlight?' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'the' could be 't' (the is pronounced as a 't' sound in some dialects) and 't' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'li' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for lit that I've seen before include "was illuminating" , "Burning" , "Set alight" , "Illuminated" , "Set afire" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
Want a hint initially instead of a full solution? Install my app