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Eastern artist’s a long time (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

era

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Here is my best explanation:

'a long time' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'eastern artist's' is the wordplay.
'eastern' becomes 'e'.
'artist' becomes 'ra' (Royal Academician, member of Royal Academy of Arts).
'e'+'ra'='ERA'

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