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Helen's lover is below average (5)


I believe the answer is:


'helen's lover' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'is below average' is the wordplay.
'below' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (in a down clue, some letters go below others).
'average' becomes 'par' (average score in golf).
'is' after 'par' is 'PARIS'.

(Other definitions for paris that I've seen before include "Helen's abductor" , "European capital - Greek hero" , "foreign city" , "City on the Seine" , "City where one may see the Mona Lisa" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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