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Religious follower encountered brick-carrier first (9)


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'religious follower' is the definition.
(Methodism is a Christian denomination)

'encountered brick-carrier first' is the wordplay.
'encountered' becomes 'met' ('meet' can be a synonym of 'encounter').
'brick carrier' becomes 'hod' (a hod is used for carrying bricks).
'first' becomes 'ist' (ist resembles 1st).

(Other definitions for methodist that I've seen before include "Follower of John and Charles Wesley" , "A follower of Wesleyanism" , "Nonconformist" , "Wesleyan" , "member of congregation?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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