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Cream were first to get drunk (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pickled

Here is my best explanation:

'drunk' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'cream were first' is the subsidiary indication.

'cream' becomes 'pick' ('pick' can be a synonym of 'cream').

'were first' becomes 'led'.

'pick'+'led'='pickled'

'to get' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for pickled that I've seen before include "Soused", "Drunk (as a gherkin?)", "Brahms and Liszt", "Preserved in vinegar or brine", "Blotto", "Preserved - drunk", "preserved in vinegar" and "Preserved in liquid".)

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