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Top-quality programme that writer's off — point taken (2,3,5,5)

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I believe the answer is:

of the first water

Here is my best explanation:

'top-quality' is the definition.

'programme that writer's off point taken' is the subsidiary indication.

'programme' is an anagram indicator.

'point' becomes 'e' (E is an example).

'taken' indicates putting letters inside.

'that'+'writers'+'off'='thatwritersoff'

'thatwritersoff' anagrammed gives 'ofthfirstwater'.

'ofthfirstwater' placed around 'e' is 'ofthefirstwater'.

This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Another definition for of the first water that I've seen is "most brilliant".)

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