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Setter's old, funny and latterly ignoring the odds getting extreme admiration (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

idolatry

Here is my best explanation:

'extreme admiration' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'setter's old funny and latterly ignoring the odds' is the subsidiary indication.

'setter' becomes 'i' (the person that set the crossword).

'funny' indicates an anagram.

'and' says to put letters next to each other.

'ignoring the odds' indicates alternate letters (letters in odd-numbered positions are removed).

The alternating letters of 'latterly' are 'atry'.

'old' anagrammed gives 'dol'.

'i'+'dol'+'atry'='idolatry'

'getting' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for idolatry that I've seen before include "Worship of carved images", "Worship of carved image", "Worship of false gods", "Graven image worship", "Icon worship", "Extreme admiration", "Worshipping", "Adroitly (anag.)", "Getting worked up by image" and "Adulation".)

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