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Army minister's accommodation attended by soldiers (5)


I believe the answer is:


'army minister's' is the definition.
(padre can mean an army chaplain)

'accommodation attended by soldiers' is the wordplay.
'accommodation' becomes 'pad' (pad can mean someone's home).
'attended by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'soldiers' becomes 're' (Royal Engineers).

(Other definitions for padre that I've seen before include "Military chaplain" , "Man of god - drape (anag)" , "non-combatant officer" , "Father" , "Chaplain to armed forces" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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