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Craze that is, we're told, increasingly 'leonine'? (5)


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'craze' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for mania that I've seen before include "Insanity" , "Madness - craze" , "Obsessional enthusiasm" , "serious obsession" , "wildness" .)

I've seen this clue in The Everyman puzzle in The Observer.
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