Crossword Genius

An unknown obligation’s around that is causing concerns (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

anxieties

Here is my best explanation:

'concerns' is the definition.

'an unknown obligation's around that is' is the subsidiary indication.

'unknown' becomes 'x' (algebra).

'obligation's' becomes 'ties' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'around' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'that is' becomes 'ie' ('i.e.' can be a synonym of 'that is').

'x'+'ties'='xties'

'xties' placed around 'ie' is 'xieties'.

'an'+'xieties'='anxieties'

'causing' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times
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