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Driver having to edge skyward (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pilot

Here is my best explanation:

'driver' is the definition.

(I have seen 'Driver of aircraft' mean 'pilot' so perhaps 'driver' could also mean 'pilot')

'to edge skyward' is the subsidiary indication.

'edge' becomes 'lip' (lip is a kind of edge).

'skyward' says the letters should be written backwards (in a down clue, letters go up).

'to'+'lip'='tolip'

'tolip' in reverse letter order is 'pilot'.

'having' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for pilot that I've seen before include "Plane driver", "Flier - guide", "Experimental programme", "Small flame that ignites a gas boiler", "air traffic controller?", "Airman", "Driver of aircraft", "may be up in the clouds", "Plane flier" and "aviator".)

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