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Smitten peri had to love goddess (9)


I believe the answer is:


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

'smitten peri had to' is the wordplay.
'smitten' indicates an anagram (past tense of smite ie to smash).
'perihadto' anagrammed gives 'APHRODITE'.

(Other definitions for aphrodite that I've seen before include "Paris prizewinner" , "Greek goddess of beauty and love" , "got Paris's approval" , "Atrophied (anag.)" , "Greek goddess of love, like Roman Venus" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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