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Hot drink taken around ship produces trouble (6)


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'trouble' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'hot drink taken around ship' is the wordplay.
'hot' becomes 'h'.
'drink' becomes 'ale' (ale is a kind of drink).
'taken' indicates putting letters inside.
'around ship' becomes 'ss' (I am not sure about the 'around' bit.**).
'ale' going around 'ss' is 'assle'.

'produces' is the link.

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(Other definitions for hassle that I've seen before include "Modern word for bother and annoyance", "Colloquial harassment or annoyance", "Struggle", "Informally, annoyance or quarrel", "Annoying trouble".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.