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Stayed to be declared sober (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

staid

Here is my best explanation:

'sober' is the definition.

('staid' can be a synonym of 'sober')

'stayed to be declared' is the subsidiary indication.

'to be declared' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.

'stayed' is a homophone of 'staid'.

(Other definitions for staid that I've seen before include "Conventional (character)", "Calm, respectable and unadventurous", "Stiff; serious minded", "Restrained (in character)", "Dully unadventurous", "Sober and sedate", "Sedate, unadventurous", "Stuffy, traditional", "Proper; sedate" and "Unadventurous, dull".)

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