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Engineer cross after permit is rejected (7)

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I believe the answer is:

telford

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Here is my best explanation:

'engineer' is the definition.
(Thomas Telford)

'cross after permit is rejected' is the wordplay.
'cross' becomes 'ford' (fording is a kind of crossing**).
'after' says to put letters next to each other.
'permit' becomes 'let' ('let' can be a synonym of 'permit').
'is rejected' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'let' written backwards gives 'tel'.
'ford' after 'tel' is 'TELFORD'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for telford that I've seen before include "Thomas -, eighteenth - nineteenth century Scottish engineer", "Thomas - Sc. engineer", "Salop. town; engineer", "Town in Shropshire", "Engineer", "Scottish engineer; town in Shropshire", "he built the Menai bridge" and "Thomas -, eighteen to nineteenth century Scots civil engineer".)

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