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Northern funk personally genuine (6)


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'northern' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'funk personally genuine' is the wordplay.
'funk personally' becomes 'bo' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'genuine' becomes 'real' (associated in meaning).

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(Other definitions for boreal that I've seen before include "Related to the northern lights" , "Relating to qualities associated with the north wind" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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