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Voltaire, say - deep cynic lost at sea (13)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

encyclopedist

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Here is my best explanation:

'voltaire' is the definition.

'deep cynic lost at sea' is the wordplay.
'at sea' is an anagram indicator.
'deep'+'cynic'+'lost'='deepcyniclost'
'deepcyniclost' with letters rearranged gives 'ENCYCLOPEDIST'.

'say' is the link.

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(Other definitions for encyclopedist that I've seen before include "Large reference book contributor" and "Contributor to Britannica, Larousse etc".)

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