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Left in charge of first of obituary columns (7)

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I believe the answer is:

portico

Here is my best explanation:

'columns' is the definition.

'left in charge of first of obituary' is the subsidiary indication.

'left' becomes 'port' (left side of a ship - opposite of starboard).

'in charge of' becomes 'ic'.

'first of' indicates taking the first letters.

The initial letter of 'obituary' is 'o'.

'port'+'ic'+'o'='portico'

(Other definitions for portico that I've seen before include "Elaborate porch", "series of columns", "small architectural feature", "Classical porch", "gallery, perhaps", "Colonnade in front of a building", "Roofed porch", "Zeno's teaching colonnade", "Grand entrance" and "Arcade".)

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