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Smooth ale got drunk (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

legato

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Here is my best explanation:

'smooth' is the definition.
('legato' can be similar in meaning to 'smooth')

'ale got drunk' is the wordplay.
'drunk' indicates anagramming the letters.
'ale'+'got'='alegot'
'alegot' with letters rearranged gives 'LEGATO'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for legato that I've seen before include "Smooth, flowing (music)", "scored smoothly", "In music, in a smooth even manner", "play on without pause", "running into each other", "Smooth, flowing (mus.)", "Played smoothly", "to be played smoothly", "Smoothly flowing in style" and "with smooth execution".)

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