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Gladstone's son (3)


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'son' is the definition.
(lad can mean a boy or son)

'gladstone's' is the wordplay.
'LAD' is hidden in amongst the letters.
But, I am uncertain how this is indicated.

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(Other definitions for lad that I've seen before include "Stable employee" , "Son" , "Boy, familiar" , "(Housman's Shropshire) boy" , "Boy or youth" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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