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Turned into nice poisonous alkaloid! (8)


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'poisonous alkaloid' is the definition.
'nicotine' can be an answer for 'alkaloid' (nicotine is a kind of alkaloid). I'm unsure of the 'poisonous' bit.

'turned into nice' is the wordplay.
'turned' indicates anagramming the letters.
'intonice' anagrammed gives 'NICOTINE'.

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(Other definitions for nicotine that I've seen before include "Not nice, I change to cigarette substance" , "Active constituent in tobacco" , "Poisonous substance in tobacco" , "Drug in tobacco" , "Once in it, strangely, one smokes it" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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