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Confused bale is skilful (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

able

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.

(Other definitions for able that I've seen before include "With the required capacities", "Having great proficiency or intelligence", "... was I ere I saw Elba (palindrome)", "Competent as, say, sailor", "Capable or proficient", "See 10", "Adept", "Having considerable skill", "Skilful" and "Competent and equipped".)

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