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Appearance of a Republican challenger (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

arrival

Here is my best explanation:

'appearance' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'a republican challenger' is the subsidiary indication.

'republican' becomes 'r' (abbreviation).

'challenger' becomes 'rival' ('rival' can be a synonym of 'challenger').

'a'+'r'+'rival'='arrival'

'of' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for arrival that I've seen before include "Appearance, entrance", "Reaching a destination", "Act of coming", "Entrance", "The reaching of one's destination", "Advent", "entry", "Appearance (at a destination)", "The A in ETA" and "Someone who's just come".)

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