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Smooth Conservative reclines in front of harbour (5-6)

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I believe the answer is:

clean-shaven

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'smooth' is the definition.
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'conservative reclines in front of harbour' is the wordplay.
'conservative' becomes 'C' (UK political abbreviation).
'reclines' becomes 'leans' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'in front of' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'harbour' becomes 'haven' (synonyms).
'c'+'leans'+'haven'='CLEAN-SHAVEN'

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(Another definition for clean-shaven that I've seen is " Unbearded".)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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