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Slander REM as "pants" (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

smear

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Here is my best explanation:

'slander' is the definition.

('smear' can be a synonym of 'slander')

'rem as pants' is the subsidiary indication.

'pants' is an anagram indicator (UK informal term for \'nonsense\' or \'rubbish\').

'rem'+'as'='remas'

'remas' is an anagram of 'smear'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for smear that I've seen before include "Daub", "sample on slide", "Smother", "Greasy/sticky mark", "Slur - may be studied microscopically", "Sully", "Badmouth", "Dirty mark; a libel", "Defame" and "Medical examiner may take this".)

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