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Light ale three drunk (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ethereal

Here is my best explanation:

'light' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'ale three drunk' is the subsidiary indication.

'drunk' indicates an anagram.

'ale'+'three'='alethree'

'alethree' is an anagram of 'ethereal'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for ethereal that I've seen before include "Having great lightness and delicacy", "Delicate and perfect", "Light and delicate in appearance, heavenly", "Ultra-refined", "Insubstantial or not of this world", "Celestial; insubstantial", "'Fairy-like, delicate (8)'", "Warm approval", "Extremely delicate and light, not of this world" and "Delicate - airy".)

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