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One man (not the Messiah) embracing East European (7)


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

'one man not the messiah embracing east' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'one' could be 'an' (I've seen this in other clues) and 'an' is present in the answer.
'man' could be 'ber' and 'ber' is located in the answer.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for iberian that I've seen before include "Relating to the Spanish peninsula" , "Person from Spain or Portugal" , "Peninsula of Spain and Portugal" , "Former Caucasian" , "From Spain and/or Portugal" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph and The Times.
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