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At the top, the Conservative leader needs a break (5)


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'at the top' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'conservative leader needs a break' is the wordplay.
'leader' indicates taking the first letters.
'needs' says to put letters next to each other.
'a break' becomes 'rest' (a rest is taking a break).
The initial letter of 'conservative' is 'c'.

'the' is the link.

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(Other definitions for crest that I've seen before include "Top (of wave etc)" , "Peak - comb" , "Top point of hill or wave" , "Surmount" , "Top of a ridge/wave" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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