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Money made by son wearing women’s clothing (5)


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

'son wearing women's clothing' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'son' could be 'ss' (I've seen this in other clues) and 'ss' is present in the answer.
'clothing' could be 'bra' (bra is a kind of clothing) and 'bra' is found within the answer.
No letters remain.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'made by' is the link.

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(Other definitions for brass that I've seen before include "Gall" , "Alloy of copper and zinc" , "Alloy; effrontery" , "Money - cheek!" , "One making a living from tricks" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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