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Like a broader smile from son that is held in acclaim (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cheesier

Here is my best explanation:

'like a broader smile' is the definition.

'son that is held in acclaim' is the subsidiary indication.

'son' becomes 's'.

'that is' becomes 'ie' ('i.e.' can be a synonym of 'that is').

'held in' indicates putting letters inside.

'acclaim' becomes 'cheer' (I've seen this before).

's'+'ie'='sie'

'sie' going into 'cheer' is 'cheesier'.

'from' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian
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