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Want son to entertain the French? That’s uncalled-for (8)


I believe the answer is:


'uncalled-for' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'want son to entertain the french?' is the wordplay.
'want' becomes 'need' ('need' can be a synonym of 'want'**).
'son' becomes 's'.
'to entertain' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'the french?' becomes 'les' (les is the in french).
'needs' going around 'les' is 'NEEDLESS'.

'that's' is the link.

(Other definitions for needless that I've seen before include "uncalled for" , "Otiose" , "Unneccessary and unwarranted" , "Surplus to requirements" , "Without reason" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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