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Amateur work protecting calmer place where drinks are made (10)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

distillery

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Here is my best explanation:

'place where drinks are made' is the definition.

'amateur work protecting calmer' is the wordplay.
'amateur work' becomes 'diy' (I've seen this in other clues).
'protecting' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'calmer' becomes 'stiller' ('still' can be similar in meaning to 'calm').
'diy' going around 'stiller' is 'DISTILLERY'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for distillery that I've seen before include "Plant", "source for spirits", "Spirited establishment", "Where spirits are produced", "Place making spirits", "production facility" and "Source of drink".)

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