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Answer by friend upset cleric, causing fuss (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

palaver

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

'answer by friend upset cleric' is the wordplay.
'answer' becomes 'a' (abbreviation eg in Q and A).
'by' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'friend' becomes 'pal' (pal is a kind of friend).
'upset' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'cleric' becomes 'Rev' (abbreviation for Reverend).
'rev' reversed gives 'ver'.
'a' after 'pal' is 'pala'.
'pala'+'ver'='PALAVER'

'causing' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for palaver that I've seen before include "Powwow - a lot of fuss", "Song and dance", "Long tedious fuss", "Fuss and bother", "Hubbub; lengthy fuss".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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