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Soldiers, if leading reserve, will get opening (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

orifice

Here is my best explanation:

'opening' is the definition.

('orifice' can be a synonym of 'opening')

'soldiers if leading reserve' is the subsidiary indication.

'soldiers' becomes 'or' (Other Rank).

'leading' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'reserve' becomes 'ice' (I've seen this before).

'or'+'if'+'ice'='orifice'

'will get' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for orifice that I've seen before include "Hole, opening", "The mouth of a cavity", "A bodily opening", "Mouth-like opening", "For CIE, I look for an opening", "Hole in the head, perhaps?", "Bodily opening, mouth of cavity", "Opening", "A bodily cavity" and "Mouth of a bodily cavity".)

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