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Setting the alarm off about nothing is unprincipled (6)


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

'setting the alarm off about' is the wordplay.
'setting' becomes 'o' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'off' indicates anagramming the letters.
'about' is an insertion indicator.
'alarm' anagrammed gives 'amral'.
'o' inserted inside 'amral' is 'AMORAL'.

'nothing' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for amoral that I've seen before include "Ignoring ethical considerations" , "regardless of what's right or wrong" , "Without an ethical code" , "Unprincipled" , "Having no standards of right or wrong" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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