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For Alan to break out of a terrible rut is reasonable (7)


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'is reasonable' is the definition.

'for alan to break out of' is the wordplay.
'for' becomes 'tur' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'to break' is an anagram indicator.
'out of' means one lot of letters goes inside another (some letters on the outside of others).
'alan' with letters rearranged gives 'naal'.
'tur' placed inside 'naal' is 'NATURAL'.

'a terrible rut' is the link.
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(Other definitions for natural that I've seen before include "Fuel from underground" , "Innate -- unprocessed" , "Additive-free" , "pure" , "Unsophisticated" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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