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French polish made partly from melanin (4)


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'french polish' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both human attributes as well as being singular nouns.
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'partly from melanin' is the wordplay.
'partly' says the answer is hidden in the clue.
'ELAN' can be found hidden inside 'from melanin'.

'made' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for elan that I've seen before include "Bounce" , "Stylish elegance" , "Dashing style" , "French flair" , "'Panache, flair (4)'" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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