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Work muddled dean with king (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

knead

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Here is my best explanation:

'work' is the definition.
('knead' can be a synonym of 'work')

'muddled dean with king' is the subsidiary indication.
'muddled' indicates an anagram.
'with' says to put letters next to each other.
'king' becomes 'k' (**).
'dean' with letters rearranged gives 'nead'.
'nead' put after 'k' is 'knead'.

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(Other definitions for knead that I've seen before include "Work (dough) into mass", "Pummel dough", "Manipulate", "Massage with hands", "Massage - naked (anag)", "Naked (anag.)", "Work together", "Work with finger movements", "Work (dough/clay)" and "Work dough or massage flesh".)

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