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The Great Tchaikovsky, for instance? (5)


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'instance?' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I can't understand how they can define each other.

'the great tchaikovsky' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'the' could be 't' (the is pronounced as a 't' sound in some dialects) and 't' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'peer' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'for' is the link.

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(Other definitions for peter that I've seen before include "- Sellers, twentieth century English comedian" , "Disciple" , "Cephas" , "Saint at the Pearly Gates?" , "Rock-like apostle" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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