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Old parish priest, one notes, regularly makes enemies (9)

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I believe the answer is:

opponents

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Here is my best explanation:

'enemies' is the definition.
('opponent' can be a synonym of 'enemy')

'old parish priest one notes regularly' is the wordplay.
'old parish priest' becomes 'opp' (this could be a standard abbreviation of which I'm unaware).
'regularly' means one should take alternating letters (regularly take one letter, leave next etc.).
The alternate letters of 'notes' are 'nts'.
'opp'+'one'+'nts'='opponents'

'makes' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for opponents that I've seen before include "matches" and "The other side".)

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