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United in mess: maybe bust? (6)


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

'united in mess' is the wordplay.
'united' becomes 'U' (abbreviation).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'mess' becomes 'state' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'u' going within 'state' is 'STATUE'.

'maybe' is the link.

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(Other definitions for statue that I've seen before include "Noble's rank or dignity" , "Modelled figure of a human or animal" , "Carved likeness" , "Eg, the Venus de Milo" , "Figurative sculpture" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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