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Man going half a mile in a vessel (5)


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'man going' is the definition.
'valet' can be an answer for 'man' (I've seen this in another clue). I am not sure about the 'going' bit.

'half a mile in a vessel' is the wordplay.
'half' suggests halving the letters.
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'a vessel' becomes 'vat' (vat is a kind of vessel).
'mile' cut in half is 'le'.
'le' put into 'vat' is 'VALET'.

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(Other definitions for valet that I've seen before include "Clean inside" , "Gentleman%u2019s gentleman" , "Batman" , "Personal serving man" , "Gentleman's gentleman" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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