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Waiter and cook to join firm, missing hotel opening (7)


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'waiter' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'cook to join firm missing hotel opening' is the subsidiary indication.

'cook' becomes 'stew' (stewing is a kind of cooking).

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

'firm missing hotel opening' becomes 'ard' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).


'and' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for steward that I've seen before include "Wed star (anag)", "Official at event", "Ship attendant", "Ship/aircraft attendant", "Cabin attendant", "Caretaker", "Administrator, manager, or waiter", "Airline host", "bailiff" and "race course official".)


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