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Authentic sort of earl (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

real

'authentic' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'sort of earl' is the wordplay.
'sort of' is an anagram indicator.
'earl' is an anagram of 'REAL'.

(Other definitions for real that I've seen before include "Unaffected" , "Substantial" , "Physically existing" , "Lear, strangely, could actually exist" , "Type of ale" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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