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Curtain level in hole (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

portiere

Here is my best explanation:

'curtain level in hole' is the definition.

'portiere' can be an answer for 'curtain' (I've seen this before). I am not sure about the 'level in hole' bit.

'curtain level in hole' is the subsidiary indication.

'curtain level' becomes 'tier' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'in' indicates putting letters inside.

'hole' becomes 'pore' (pore is a kind of hole).

'tier' inserted within 'pore' is 'portiere'.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for portiere that I've seen before include "Curtain" and "curtain over door".)

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