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If he can’t, I could become clan leader (9)


I believe the answer is:


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

'if he can't i could become' is the wordplay.
'could become' indicates anagramming the letters.
'ifhecanti' anagrammed gives 'CHIEFTAIN'.

(Other definitions for chieftain that I've seen before include "Head of a clan" , "Head of tribe" , "Clan leader" , "Tribal chief" , "Tribe's leader" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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