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Cleaner forced to go topless in farce (7)


I believe the answer is:


'farce' is the definition.
(both can mean absurd or false situation)

'cleaner forced to go topless' is the wordplay.
'cleaner' becomes 'char' (charwoman is a type of cleaner).
'forced' becomes 'made' (both can mean coerced).
'to go topless' means to remove the first letter.
'made' with its initial letter taken away is 'ade'.

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for charade that I've seen before include "Film with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn" , "sham" , "An absurd pretence, could be a game" , "Farcical pretence" , "Farce - mime" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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