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Sailors outside a party that’s a gas! (5)


I believe the answer is:


'a gas' is the definition.
(radon is a kind of gas)

'sailors outside a party' is the wordplay.
'sailors' becomes 'rn' (abbreviation for Royal Navy).
'outside' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'party' becomes 'do' (do is a kind of party).
'rn' placed around 'ado' is 'RADON'.

'that's' is the link.

(Other definitions for radon that I've seen before include "A radioactive gas, symbol Rn" , "Radioactive gas, linked to granite" , "hazardous substance" , "Colourless gas, atomic number 86" , "Naturally occurring inert gas" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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