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Entertainer trite as can be (7)


I believe the answer is:


'entertainer' is the definition.
(artiste is a kind of entertainer)

'trite as can be' is the wordplay.
'can be' indicates anagramming the letters.
'triteas' with letters rearranged gives 'ARTISTE'.

(Other definitions for artiste that I've seen before include "professional dancer?" , "Trouper" , "Attires like entertainer" , "Professional performer" , "Person playing" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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