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Spirit of old duke regularly seen in V&A (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

vodka

Here is my best explanation:

'spirit' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'old duke regularly seen in va' is the wordplay.
'old' becomes 'o' (common abbreviation eg in OE for Old English).
'regularly' indicates alternate letters (regularly take one letter, leave next etc.).
'seen in' indicates putting letters inside.
The alternate letters of 'duke' are 'dk'.
'o'+'dk'='odk'
'odk' placed into 'va' is 'VODKA'.

'of' acts as a link.

This clue was last seen in The Times