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The preserve of drivers? (7,3)


I believe the answer is:

traffic jam

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'of drivers?' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'the preserve' 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.
'preserve' could be 'jam' (jam is a kind of preserve) and 'jam' is found within the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for traffic jam that I've seen before include "Bottleneck on wheels" , "stuck in this" , "could make driver late" , "Vehicular snarl-up" , "Gridlock" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Independent.
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