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Soundly ridicules appearance (5)


I believe the answer is:


'appearance' is the definition.
(I know that guise is a type of color)

'soundly ridicules' is the wordplay.
'soundly' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'ridicules' becomes 'guys' (I've seen this before).
'guys' sounds like 'GUISE'.

(Other definitions for guise that I've seen before include "General appearance" , "Shape; pretence" , "Show" , "Semblance; likeness" , "Mask" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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