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Dried fruit starts to top exports for Brunei, perhaps (9)


I believe the answer is:


'for brunei perhaps' is the definition.
(brunei is a kind of sultanate)

'dried fruit starts to top exports' is the wordplay.
'dried fruit' becomes 'sultana' (sultana is a kind of dried fruit).
'starts to' says to take the initial letters.
The first letters of 'top exports' is 'te'.

(Other definitions for sultanate that I've seen before include "Country" , "Turkey was" , "Brunei?" , "Muslim dominion" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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