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It's an illegal substance - the man's in a mess (7)


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'it's an illegal substance' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'man's in a mess' is the wordplay.
'man's' becomes 'His' (belonging to a man).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'a mess' becomes 'hash' (I've seen this before).
'his' placed into 'hash' is 'HASHISH'.

'the' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for hashish that I've seen before include "Cannabis" , "Pot" , "Hallucinogenic extract of hemp" , "Resinous product of hemp smoked as drug" , "Grass" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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