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They gather firm repeatedly left escort adrift (10)

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I believe the answer is:

collectors

Here is my best explanation:

'they gather' is the definition.

'firm repeatedly left escort adrift' is the subsidiary indication.

'firm' becomes 'co'.

'repeatedly' says to double the letters.

'left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation**).

'adrift' indicates anagramming the letters.

'l' duplicated is 'll'.

'escort' with letters rearranged gives 'ectors'.

'co'+'ll'+'ectors'='collectors'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Another definition for collectors that I've seen is "They gather".)

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