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Cardinal supports loud church celebration (5)


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'celebration' is the definition.
(I know that feast is a type of celebration)

'cardinal supports loud church' is the wordplay.
'cardinal' becomes 'E' (East, a cardinal direction).
'supports' says to put letters next to each other (bottom letters provide a support for the top ones).
'loud' becomes 'f' (short for forte - 'loud' in music).
'church' becomes 'ast' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).
'e' put after 'f' is 'fe'.

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(Other definitions for feast that I've seen before include "Banquet or religious festival" , "wine and dine" , "entertainment" , "Tuck-in; blow-out" , "Eat lavishly" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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