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Pole teacher who handles letters (10)


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'pole teacher who handles letters' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both people as well as being singular nouns.
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'pole teacher' is the wordplay.
'pole' becomes 'post' (I've seen this before).
'teacher' becomes 'master' (I've seen this before).

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(Other definitions for postmaster that I've seen before include "who runs a local office?", "Mail chief".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.
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