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Started, for instance, during prohibition (5)


I believe the answer is:


'started' is the definition.
('begin' can be a synonym of 'start')

'for instance during prohibition' is the wordplay.
'for instance' becomes 'eg' ('e.g.' can be a synonym of 'for instance'**).
'during' indicates putting letters inside.
'prohibition' becomes 'ban' (ban is a kind of prohibition).
'eg' put inside 'ban' is 'BEGAN'.

(Another definition for began that I've seen is " Commenced, started".)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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