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Power to raise money externally (7)


I believe the answer is:


'power' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'to raise money externally' is the wordplay.
'raise' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'money' becomes 'pence' (I've seen this before).
'externally' means one lot of letters goes inside another (some letters go on the outside of others).
'to' in reverse letter order is 'ot'.
'ot' inserted within 'pence' is 'POTENCE'.

(Another definition for potence that I've seen is " Power, influence (rare)".)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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