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Requires massages, we're told (5)


I believe the answer is:


'requires' is the definition.
('need' can be a synonym of 'require')

'massages we're told' is the wordplay.
'massages' becomes 'kneads' ('knead' can be a synonym of 'massage').
'we're told' shows a homophone (sound like).
'kneads' sounds like 'NEEDS'.

(Other definitions for needs that I've seen before include "What we require" , "Requires, is in want of" , "necessity once" , "Wants, requires" , "Requires or lacks" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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