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Symbolic rods of possible press, etc. (8)


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'symbolic rods' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are plural nouns, I don't understand how they can define each other.

'possible press etc' is the wordplay.
'press etc' can be anagrammed to 'SCEPTRES'.
However, I am not clear how the anagram is indicated.

'of' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for sceptres that I've seen before include "Batons borne by kings" , "some staff" , "Insignia of royalty" , "Royal staffs for press etc" , "Offer respects to crowns" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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