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. . . a pal once converted by a Mafioso (2,6)


I believe the answer is:

al capone

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'a mafioso' is the definition.
I know nothing about this answer so I can't tell whether it can be defined by this definition.

'a pal once converted' is the wordplay.
'converted' indicates an anagram.
'palonce' with letters rearranged gives 'lcapone'.
'a'+'lcapone'='AL CAPONE'

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(Other definitions for al capone that I've seen before include "Notorious Chicago gangster nicknamed Scarface" , "Notorious Chicago gangster arrested for tax evasion" , "US gangster in Chicago, arrested for tax evasion" , "Notorious gangster, d. 1947" , "Chicago mobster jailed for tax evasion" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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