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Exclusive group’s simple dwelling overlooking great lake (7)


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'exclusive group's' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'simple dwelling overlooking great lake' is the wordplay.
'simple dwelling' becomes 'cot' (cot can mean a simple cottage).
'overlooking' means one lot of letters go next to another (in a down clue, some letters go above others).
'great lake' becomes 'erie' (Erie is one of the Great Lakes).

(Other definitions for coterie that I've seen before include "Small exclusive group of people" , "Exclusive social circle" , "Exclusive circle of people with common purpose" , "Select group" , "Small exclusive circle with a common purpose" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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