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3 peers with time to see cult leader (4,6)


I believe the answer is:

high priest

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

'3 peers with time' is the wordplay.
'i peers' becomes 'priest' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'time' becomes 'high time' (high time is a kind of time).
'priest' put after 'high' is 'HIGH PRIEST'.

'to see' is the link.

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(Other definitions for high priest that I've seen before include "Chief religious official" , "cult leader" , "Not how this minister" , "Ecclesiastical dignitary" , "Senior clergyman" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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