American animated by base, right? (5)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'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'.
(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".)