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English spar, showing wit (6)

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I believe the answer is:

esprit

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

'english spar' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'E' (abbreviation).
'spar' becomes 'sprit' (sprit is a kind of spar).
'e'+'sprit'='ESPRIT'

'showing' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for esprit that I've seen before include "Group morale is . . . . . . de corps", "... de corps, team spirit", "Sprightliness", "Liveliness of mind or spirit", "Lively wit".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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