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Murphy’s exemplary, though maybe a brute (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

tuber

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Here is my best explanation:

'murphy's exemplary' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'maybe a brute' is the wordplay.
'maybe' is an anagram indicator.
'brute' is an anagram of 'TUBER'.

'though' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard