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Triumphant cry of Carmen astride horse? (3)


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'triumphant cry' is the definition.
(you might cry 'aha!' in triumph)

'carmen astride horse?' is the wordplay.
'carmen' becomes 'aa' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'astride' is an insertion indicator.
'horse?' becomes 'h' (synonyms).
'aa' placed around 'h' is 'AHA'.

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for aha that I've seen before include "Cry of triumph" , "I see!" , "Surprised expression" , "Bingo" , "Cry of surprise" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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