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Council at which it's not entirely easy to drop off to sleep! (5)


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'council at which it's not entirely easy' is the definition.
'synod' can be an answer for 'council' (synod is a kind of council). I am not certain of the remainder of the definition.

'drop off to sleep' is the wordplay.
'drop off' becomes 'sy' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'to sleep' becomes 'nod' (I've seen this before).

'to' is the link.

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(Other definitions for synod that I've seen before include "Church assembly" , "Forum for discussing" , "Church council" , "cloth gathered here" , "Ecclesiastical gathering" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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