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Had a ball perhaps in The Man from Clare with leading director (6)

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I believe the answer is:

danced

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'had a ball perhaps' is the definition.

I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'man from clare with leading director' is the subsidiary indication.

'man' becomes 'dan' (**).

'from' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'clare' becomes 'ce' (I've seen this in other clues).

'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'leading' indicates taking the first letters.

The first letter of 'director' is 'd'.

'dan'+'ce'+'d'='danced'

'in the' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for danced that I've seen before include "Tripped the light fantastic" and "Moved to music".)

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