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Brave hero of long gone years (3)


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'brave hero' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'of long gone years' is the wordplay.
'of' indicates a hidden word.
'NEY' can be found hidden inside 'long gone years'.

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(Other definitions for ney that I've seen before include "French marshal sound negitative" , "One of Napoleon's marshals" , "French soldier" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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