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Gracious duke seen in tie (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cord

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Here is my best explanation:

'tie' is the definition.
(cording is a kind of tiing)

'gracious duke' is the wordplay.
'gracious' becomes 'cor' (both are exclamations of surprise**).
'duke' becomes 'd'.
'cor'+'d'='CORD'

'seen in' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for cord that I've seen before include "Line of twisted fibres or threads", "String", "Small rope; flex", "A measure of cut wood", "Strong string", "Flex; rope", "Small rope or thick string", "Rope; fabric", "Thick string" and "Thin string".)

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