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For the mother and son in trouble, providing a home (7)


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'trouble providing a home' is the definition.
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'for the mother and son in' is the wordplay.
'for' becomes 'i' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'the mother' becomes 'ma' (ma can mean mother).
'and' becomes 'n' (common abbreviation for 'and').
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'i' inserted inside 'manson' is 'MANSION'.

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(Other definitions for mansion that I've seen before include "large residence" , "Grand house" , "Opulent house" , "Stately home" , "Large building" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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