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Historical centre of holy study (5)


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'historical' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are adjectives. Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'centre of holy study' is the wordplay.
'centre of' means to look at the middle letters.
'study' becomes 'den' (term for a study or office).
The centre of 'holy' is 'ol'.

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(Other definitions for olden that I've seen before include "Bygone" , "(Of days) in the long distant past!" , "Of a former age" , "Led on (anag)" , "of ancient history?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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