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Knock back some elderberry wine (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

red

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Here is my best explanation:

'wine' is the definition.
(red wine is a kind of wine)

'knock back some elderberry' is the wordplay.
'knock back' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'some' indicates a hidden word (some of the parts of the word are used).
'der' is hidden within 'elderberry'.
'der' in reverse letter order is 'RED'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for red that I've seen before include "Merchant flag", "Cardinal, for example", "Carmine", "Blood-coloured", "Bordeaux claret, for instance", "socialist?", "Cardinal's colour", "lefty", "Ruby" and "Florid".)

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