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In US, smart retreat by black political leader (4,5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

tony blair

Here is my best explanation:

'political leader' is the definition.

'in us smart retreat by black' is the subsidiary indication.

'in us smart' becomes 'tony' (US term meaning fashionable).

'retreat' becomes 'lair'.

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

'black' becomes 'b' (as in pencil classifications).

'lair' put after 'b' is 'blair'.

'tony'+'blair'='tonyblair'

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for tony blair that I've seen before include "Middle East envoy", "Politician - Tory in Lab (anag)" and "Prime Minister of the UK".)

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