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Sailor bringing deserter from the East (3)


I believe the answer is:


'sailor' is the definition.
(slang term for a sailor)

'deserter from the east' is the wordplay.
'deserter' becomes 'rat' (both can mean a traitor).
'from the east' shows that the letters should be reversed in order (on a map from right to left).
'rat' reversed gives 'TAR'.

'bringing' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for tar that I've seen before include "Jack ..., British sailor" , "Sticky substance - seaman" , "Liquid from wood, coal" , "Dark viscous stuff" , "Sticky black stuff" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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