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Person valuing limited company could be auditor's mortgage provider (5)


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Here is my best explanation:

'person' is the definition.
(loner is a kind of person)

'auditor's mortgage provider' is the wordplay.
'auditor's' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'mortgage' becomes 'loan' (I've seen this before).
'provider' becomes 'r' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'loan' sounds like 'lone'.

'valuing limited company could be' is the link.
I am not very happy about this link. Some or all of it may be part of another bit of the clue.


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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for loner that I've seen before include "person, one hating company", "One preferring own company", "Non-conformist", "Enrol (anag)", "Isolated individual", "Person who prefers his own company", "Unsociable person", "Solitary type", "recluse" and "One shunning company".)

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