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Film Spike and I brawl (5)


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

'film spike and i' is the wordplay.
'film spike' becomes 'lee' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'and' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'i' becomes 'me'.
'lee' put after 'me' is 'MELEE'.

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(Other definitions for melee that I've seen before include "Skirmish" , "confused group" , "Confused fight or scuffle" , "Confused conflict, affray" , "Scrimmage" .)

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