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Oriental is managing to maintain charm (8)


I believe the answer is:


'charm' is the definition.

'oriental is managing to maintain' is the wordplay.
'to maintain' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue (the solution is kept or maintained by the clue).
'TALISMAN' is hidden in the letters of 'oriental is managing'.

(Other definitions for talisman that I've seen before include "Object believed to have magical powers" , "Charm thought to bring good luck" , "Object thought to guard against evil" , "Object bringing luck" , "Protective charm" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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