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American animated by base, right? (5)

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I believe the answer is:

homer

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'american animated by base right?' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both acts as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'by base right?' is the wordplay.
'by' says to put letters next to each other.
'base' becomes 'home' (home is a kind of base**).
'right?' becomes 'r' (common abbreviation).
'home' put next to 'r' is 'HOMER'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for homer that I've seen before include "trained to get back to house", "Ancient Greek poet", "Bird", "Greek poet - TV's Simpson", "Bart Simpson's father", "messenger of war?", "Great Greek who was known to nod", "returning flier", "Greek poet, c. 800 BC" and "greek".)

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