The Crossword Centre Clue-Writing Competition

CCCWC May competition voters’ comments
Clue no. 39: Sambuca, a fitting libation for presbyters

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A clue to ELDERS.
3 comments refer to this clue (from 3 competitors, 0 others)

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Comments on the clue
1.The double jump from sambuca to sambucus to elder is a step too far
2.While the Latin for "elder" is the etymology for "sambuca" the latter isn't a valid definition for the former
3.There is no wordplay to lead to ELDERS.