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British author published a few (7)


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'british author' is the definition.
'ransome' can be an answer for 'author' (I've seen this before). I'm not sure about the 'british' bit.

'published a few' is the wordplay.
'published' becomes 'ran' (as in a newspaper running a story).
'a few' becomes 'some' (both can mean a small amount of something).

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(Other definitions for ransome that I've seen before include "4 ---, children's author" , "British writer" , "A children's writer" , "Arthur -, Swallows and Amazons author" , "Arthur --, English children's author" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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