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Fine lieutenant protecting soldiers in disorder (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ailment

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Here is my best explanation:

'disorder' is the definition.
(ailment is a kind of disorder)

'fine lieutenant protecting soldiers' is the subsidiary indication.
'fine' becomes 'ai' (I've seen this in other clues**).
'lieutenant' becomes 'lt'.
'protecting' indicates putting letters inside.
'soldiers' becomes 'men' (I've seen this before).
'lt' placed around 'men' is 'lment'.
'ai'+'lment'='ailment'

'in' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for ailment that I've seen before include "problem", "Disorder", "Disease", "A minor illness", "Physical disorder", "Tummy upset, for instance", "Indisposition", "Sickness", "Complaint, affliction" and "I lament (anag.)".)

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