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Maybe insomniac struggles without whiskey and splash of soda? (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

restless

Here is my best explanation:

'maybe insomniac' is the definition.

'struggles without whiskey and splash of soda?' is the subsidiary indication.

I cannot quite see how this works, but

'without' could be 'less' and 'less' is present in the answer.

The remaining letters 'rest' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.

This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for restless that I've seen before include "Unable to sit still", "Not relaxed, unsettled", "Agitated", "Fidgety - unable to sleep", "Uneasy, unable to relax", "Unable to relax or be still", "Worried and uneasy", "Ceaselessly in motion", "Uneasy and agitated" and "Fidgety, uneasy".)

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