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Resources tight before middle of recession (5)


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'resources' is the definition.
(means can mean financial resources)

'tight before middle of recession' is the wordplay.
'tight' becomes 'mean' (synonyms).
'before middle of recession' becomes 's' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

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(Other definitions for means that I've seen before include "unpopular test" , "Resources; intends" , "Ways" , "considerable income" , "Money - is significant" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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