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Where a bad actor gets financial help (8)


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'financial help' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'where a bad actor' is the wordplay.
'where' becomes 'grant' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'a bad actor' becomes 'ham' (a ham is someone who overacts).

'gets' is the link.

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(Other definitions for grantham that I've seen before include "Lady Thatcher's birthplace" , "English town" , "Birthplace of Newton and Thatcher" , "Lincolnshire town; harm gnat (anag.)" , "Margaret Thatcher birthplace" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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