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Where the maestro stands in great unpopularity, next to the piano (6)


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This might be a double definition.

'where the maestro stands in great unpopularity next' is the first definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot understand how they can define each other.

'the piano' is the second definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'to' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for podium that I've seen before include "Winners' platform" , "Stage" , "Position of speaker" , "'Dais, pulpit (6)'" , "Small platform for speaker" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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