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Neat tequila is drunk initially - why, you say? (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

tidy

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Here is my best explanation:

'neat' is the definition.
('tidy' can be similar in meaning to 'neat')

'tequila is drunk initially why you say?' is the wordplay.
'initially' suggests taking the first letters.
'you say?' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
The initial letters of 'tequila is drunk' is 'tid'.
'why' is a homophone of 'y'.
'tid'+'y'='TIDY'

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(Other definitions for tidy that I've seen before include "Ordered", "small container in which odds and ends are kept", "Uncluttered", "Orderly", "Businesslike", "Clear up", "Neat, ordered", "Fairly big - orderly", "generous" and "so substantial a sum".)

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