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Exquisite English leather tanned (8)


I believe the answer is:


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

'english leather tanned' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).
'tanned' indicates anagramming the letters (letters tanned or beaten into a new form).
'leather' anagrammed gives 'thereal'.

(Other definitions for ethereal that I've seen before include "Celestial; insubstantial" , "Insubstantial, other-worldly" , "Impalpable" , "Delicate and perfect" , "Sublime" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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