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Sitting in my star chamber, I make things prime.
I look like you, but upset.
Dukes, Bishops or Angels - I am ahead of all of them.
Ah, I see the end; I am very old. In short, I have the end; I keep the old.
I am in a parade. I am in a ruler. I am in a hunt. I am in sugar.
Lend me your ear; I excel in quarrels.
Destroy me; I can burn you and start a new different puzzle.

What am I?

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For this puzzle maybe you are:

Arch

Sitting in my star chamber, I make things prime

Arch is a hidden word in star chamber.
Synonyms for arch (as adjective) are principal, superior or premier.

I look like you, but upset

An arch in architecture looks like an inverted U

Dukes, Bishops or Angels - I am ahead of all of them

E.g. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archbishop of Canterbury and Archangel Gabriel

Ah, I see the end; I am very old. In short, I have the end; I keep the old

Ah - the end of ah is the end of arch
I am very old - archaic. Arch. is and abbreviation of archaic (very old) I don't think I've got all this.

I am in a parade. I am in a ruler. I am in a hunt. I am in sugar

Parade - march, ruler - patriarch, hunt - research , sugar - starch
(Starches - complex carbohydrates - are polysaccharides or long sugar molecule chains)

Lend me your ear; I excel in quarrels

Arch can mean deliberately or affectedly playful, teasing or pointed.

Destroy me; I can burn you and start a new different puzzle

Rearrange (destroy) arch becomes char which means partially burn
And start a new puzzle - charades, a parlor game
Also hope you start a new puzzle as yours are arch meaning premier!

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    $\begingroup$ That's the correct answer! Just a remark: the "old" clues have some trickier wordplay involved. Hint: what do you do to get from arch to archaic? $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Jun 25, 2016 at 13:13
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    $\begingroup$ I believe that "ah, I see" = aic, added on to "the end" of arch to get archaic. $\endgroup$
    – aconb
    Jun 25, 2016 at 14:30
  • $\begingroup$ @pime Exactly! And what about "keep the old"? $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Jun 25, 2016 at 15:30
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    $\begingroup$ In short I have is ive which at the end gives archive :) $\endgroup$
    – Tom
    Jun 25, 2016 at 21:09

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