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Light ale three drunk (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ethereal

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Here is my best explanation:

'light' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'ale three drunk' is the wordplay.
'drunk' indicates an anagram.
'ale'+'three'='alethree'
'alethree' with letters rearranged gives 'ETHEREAL'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for ethereal that I've seen before include "'Fairy-like, delicate (8)'", "Heavenly - fairy-like", "Extremely delicate and light, not of this world", "Airy, celestial", "Insubstantial or not of this world", "Ultra-refined", "Celestial; insubstantial", "Very delicate - tale here (anag)", "Delicate and perfect" and "Refined, airy".)

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