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Erudite English composer in the outskirts of Leatherhead (7)

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I believe the answer is:

learned

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Here is my best explanation:

'erudite' is the definition.
('learned' can be a synonym of 'erudite')

'english composer in the outskirts of leatherhead' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).
'composer' becomes 'arne' (I've seen this before**).
'in the' is an insertion indicator.
'outskirts of' means to remove the middle letters.
'leatherhead' with its centre removed is 'ld'.
'e'+'arne'='earne'
'earne' going into 'ld' is 'LEARNED'.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for learned that I've seen before include "Wise, educated", "Discovered, ascertained", "Gained knowledge", "Acquired and digested knowledge", "Picked up - well-read", "Well-educated", "Acquired information, being well educated", "Having great knowledge", "Was taught" and "Gained understanding".)

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