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Though particular the place is in a mess (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

special

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

'the place is in a mess' is the wordplay.
'in a mess' is an anagram indicator.
'place'+'is'='placeis'
'placeis' with letters rearranged gives 'SPECIAL'.

(Other definitions for special that I've seen before include "Out of the ordinary, singular" , "Dish not on usual menu" , "Individual" , "Particular, peculiar" , "Distinctive, exceptional" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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