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Forgive average fellow (6)


I believe the answer is:


'forgive' is the definition.
(pardoning is a kind of forgiving)

'average fellow' is the wordplay.
'average' becomes 'par' (I've seen this before).
'fellow' becomes 'don' (both can mean an academic).

(Other definitions for pardon that I've seen before include "Forgive, perhaps judicially" , "Forgive or excuse (an offence)" , "Forgive; come again?" , "Ask this to seek forgiveness" , "Excuse me, kindly overlook" .)

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