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Quarter settled first on scones, not wafers (they want the cream on top) (8)


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'they want the cream on top' is the definition.
(people who only want the very best or cream)

'quarter settled first on scones' is the wordplay.
'quarter' becomes 'e'.
'settled' becomes 'lit' (I've seen this in another clue).
'first on scones' becomes 'ists' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).

'not wafers' is the link.
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(Other definitions for elitists that I've seen before include "favour the best?" , "The believe in rule by those with superior intellect etc." , "Select group" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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