Crossword Genius

Indigent, being reduced in rank? (3)

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I believe the answer is:

gen

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Here is my best explanation:

'rank?' is the definition.

Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I can't see how one could define the other.

'indigent being reduced in' is the subsidiary indication.

'indigent being' becomes 'ge' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'reduced' means to remove the first letter.

'in' with its initial letter removed is 'n'.

'ge'+'n'='gen'

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for gen that I've seen before include "opening book, in short", "The low-down", "'Information, colloquially (3)'", "Information (informal)", "Information (colloq.)", "Lowdown (sl.)", "Info", "Information yielded", "Knowledge" and "Informal information".)

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