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Lives with girl? That’s the problem! (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

issue

Here is my best explanation:

'the problem' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'lives with girl?' is the subsidiary indication.

'lives' becomes 'is' ('be' can be a synonym of 'live').

'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'girl?' becomes 'sue' (**).

'is'+'sue'='issue'

'that's' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for issue that I've seen before include "Matter of debate", "Important topic for debate", "Give out; children", "Debate topic; flow out", "Magazine", "one's children?", "Dispute", "One's offspring", "Concern" and "Subject for discussion; dish out".)

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