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Mum clothes a nice man in purple (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

magenta

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Here is my best explanation:

'purple' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'mum clothes a nice man' is the wordplay.
'mum' becomes 'ma' ('ma' can be a synonym of 'mum').
'clothes' is an insertion indicator.
'nice man' becomes 'gent'.
'a'+'gent'='agent'
'ma' going around 'agent' is 'MAGENTA'.

'in' is the link.

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