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Officer's hat strap one's broken (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

captain

Here is my best explanation:

'officer's' is the definition.

(captain is a kind of officer)

'hat strap one's broken' is the subsidiary indication.

'hat' becomes 'cap' (I've seen this in other clues).

'strap' becomes 'tan' (both can mean to hit as punishment).

'one's' becomes 'i' (I've seen this in other clues).

'broken' indicates putting letters inside.

'tan' enclosing 'i' is 'tain'.

'cap'+'tain'='captain'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for captain that I've seen before include "leader", "Skipper", "Naval commander", "US policeman", "Chief", "Skip", "One traditionally goes down with a sinking ship", "Is Pat Cain in charge of the ship?", "eg Hook, Cook" and "Officer".)

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