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Key is with lock in Harrow (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

distress

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Here is my best explanation:

'harrow' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'key is with lock' is the wordplay.
'key' becomes 'd' (I've seen this in other clues**).
'with' says to put letters next to each other.
'lock' becomes 'tress' (I've seen this before).
'd'+'is'+'tress'='DISTRESS'

'in' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for distress that I've seen before include "Psychological suffering", "Sadden", "Mayday is such a signal.", "Affliction", "Extreme anxiety or sorrow", "Feeling of anxiety or suffering", "Extreme sorrow or pain", "Upset", "Deep anxiety" and "Such a signal indicates trouble".)

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