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Confused bale is skilful (4)

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I believe the answer is:

able

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Here is my best explanation:

'skilful' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'confused bale' is the subsidiary indication.
'confused' is an anagram indicator.
'bale' with letters rearranged gives 'able'.

'is' is the link.

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(Other definitions for able that I've seen before include "Competent and fit, like sailor", "Capable or proficient", "Competent as seaman may be", "As capable as a mariner", "Clever skilful", "Skilled", "With the power (to do something)", "displaying skill", "Having the necessary capacity (to do something)" and "Adept".)

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