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Flier from prior age, nicer somehow (7,6)


I believe the answer is:

carrier pigeon

'flier' is the definition.
(something which flies)

'prior age nicer somehow' is the wordplay.
'somehow' is an anagram indicator.
'prioragenicer' with letters rearranged gives 'CARRIER-PIGEON'.

'from' is the link.

(Other definitions for carrier pigeon that I've seen before include "Avian messenger" , "Bird used for communication" , "Aerial messenger" , "Bird with message" , "Bird taking messages" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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