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Former nosey parker, we hear (5)

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I believe the answer is:

prior

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'former' is the definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for prior that I've seen before include "Religious head", "Antecedent", "Already arranged", "Head of religious house", "Abbott's deputy being earlier?", "Previous - religious leader", "Coming before in time or importance", "Coming before N a superior", "Former - monk" and "Earlier, coming before another in time".)

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