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Lee proved to be sporting photographer's solution (9)

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I believe the answer is:

developer

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Here is my best explanation:

'photographer's solution' is the definition.
(chemical used to develop photographs)

'lee proved to be sporting' is the wordplay.
'to be sporting' indicates anagramming the letters.
'lee'+'proved'='leeproved'
'leeproved' with letters rearranged gives 'DEVELOPER'.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for developer that I've seen before include "Property magnate", "One benefiting from property", "Photographic reagent", "solution for picture-maker", "It creates image", "that produces positive results", "striving to achieve a positive image?", "Film-treating fluid" and "kind of entrepreneur".)

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