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Artist fellow is a gas! ... (5)


I believe the answer is:


'a gas' is the definition.
(radon is a kind of gas)

'artist fellow' is the wordplay.
'artist' becomes 'ra' (Royal Academician, member of Royal Academy of Arts).
'fellow' becomes 'don' (I've seen this before**).

'is' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for radon that I've seen before include "Noble gas, Rn" , "Natural gas considered a hazard to health" , "Inert gas that occurs naturally" , "Radioactive gas, linked to granite" , "Colourless gas, atomic number 86" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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