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Load of church silver, holy books missing (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

charge

Here is my best explanation:

'load' is the definition.

('charge' can be a synonym of 'load')

'church silver holy books missing' is the subsidiary indication.

'church' becomes 'ch' (common abbreviation).

'silver' becomes 'argent' ('argent' can be a synonym of 'silver').

'holy books' becomes 'nt' (New Testament).

'missing' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'argent' with 'nt' taken out is 'arge'.

'ch'+'arge'='charge'

'of' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for charge that I've seen before include "running cost", "Deliver an official injunction", "Attack - cost", "Explosive", "Lord Cardigan's order to his brigade", "impeachment", "Sortie", "Accusation (in court)", "Storm" and "Care".)

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