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Cartoonist maybe up for prize (6)


I believe the answer is:


'for prize' is the definition.
(a prize may be given as a reward)

'cartoonist maybe up' is the wordplay.
'cartoonist maybe' becomes 'drawer' (someone who draws).
'up' shows that the letters should be reversed in order (in down clue: letters go upwards).
'drawer' written backwards gives 'REWARD'.

(Other definitions for reward that I've seen before include "Present given to mark service or good deed" , "Recompense, remunerate" , "Desert" , "payment that's merited" , "Drawer (anag.)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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