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The first bit of pretentiousness upsets him


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'him' is the definition.

'the first bit of pretentiousness upsets' is the wordplay.
'the first' becomes 'rete' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'bit of' indicates taking the first letters.
'upsets' says the letters should be written in reverse.
The initial letter of 'pretentiousness' is 'p'.
'retep' in reverse letter order is 'PETER'.

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(Other definitions for peter that I've seen before include "Leading apostle" , "Fellow < safe" , "One of Jesus' disciples" , "-- Sellers, comic actor" , "and 4 across Doctor Who actor" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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