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Rings back about the man's record (7)


I believe the answer is:


'record' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'rings back about the man's' is the wordplay.
'rings' becomes 'calls' ('call' can be a synonym of 'ring'**).
'back' says the letters should be written backwards.
'about' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'the man' becomes 'he'.
'calls' written backwards gives 'sllac'.
'sllac' going around 'he' is 'SHELLAC'.

(Other definitions for shellac that I've seen before include "Material of pre-vinyl 78 rpm records" , "Defeat" , "Thin varnish used to finish wood" , "Resin used for varnish, formerly for records" , "Varnish derived from insect secretion" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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