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Respectable chap joins swimmer (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'respectable' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'chap joins swimmer' is the subsidiary indication.

'chap' becomes 'gent' (I've seen this in other clues**).

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

'swimmer' becomes 'eel' (eel is a kind of fish).


This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for genteel that I've seen before include "Mannerly", "Courteous, well-bred", ""Refayned"", "Affectedly refined and upper-crust", "Politely refined", "Polite and well-bred", "Well-bred", "Well mannered", "Belonging to polite society" and "Suited to polite society".)


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