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My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

A short King on a climber with a 2016 leave

An exam man wrestled with a dangerous sport to weave

Name the name

Hint 1

"Exam man" is a reference to the sports' players last name

Hint 2

A climber is a vertical Vine

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  • $\begingroup$ What are those two capitalized S and K doing there $\endgroup$ – Duck Aug 19 '18 at 23:56
  • $\begingroup$ Grace period? What is that? Do you know? $(+1)$ by the way (and the bounty only ended an hour ago!) :D $\endgroup$ – Feeds Aug 26 '18 at 7:25
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Is the name

Zachary?

My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

Zachary Taylor - the 12th President of the United States, he is surely more important than Taylor Swift.

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

Pope Zachary (not sure about this one) He is a diplomat so 'no divine rift'.

A short King on a climber with a 2016 leave

Short for Zachary is Zach, Zach King is a viner (from the clue: climber + the second hint) who retired from the platform in 2016. And Vine was also kind of dead in the late 2016.

An exam man wrestled with a dangerous sport to weave

Zachary Test is a former American rugby player.

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  • $\begingroup$ Amazing Job! You've solved it perfectly $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 19 '18 at 23:57
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I was thinking the answer might be

Tom

My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

Swift as in Taylor Swift --> Tom Tailor

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

This is maybe referring to Tom Pope, an English football player, and "as long as there's no divine rift" means that the "pope" isn't referring to religion (the real Pope)

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  • $\begingroup$ No, it isn't Tom $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 16 '18 at 23:05
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Is it

Marie

My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

Marie Antoinette's dress designer, Rose Bertin, was relied upon "to defeat [Antoinette's] enemies with style".

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

Pope Pius VI, who was Pope for 24 years during Antoinette's life, has a short and easy to remember name (Pious/Pius). In addition he condemned the French Revolution (a revolt against the monarchy and the divine right to rule) - a Divine rift.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good guess, but no $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 19 '18 at 7:08
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The name is

Andrew

My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

Andrew Taylor Still, founder of osteopathy, is arguably more important historically than singer Taylor Swift

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

There is a singer named Andrew Pope. Not sure what makes him easy to keep in mind, though...

A short King on a climber with a 2016 leave

James King -> Jamie -> Jamie Andrew, who climbed the Matterhorn in 2016

An exam man wrestled with a dangerous sport to weave

Andrew Martin fought in the WWF/WWE with the stage name "Test".

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  • $\begingroup$ No, it is not Andrew $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 19 '18 at 20:40
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Alexander

My clothing designer had a lot more importance than Swift

Alexander Taylor

My pope is easy to keep in mind, as long as there's no divine rift

Alexander Pope

Not so sure on the other two, but it is possible.

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  • $\begingroup$ No, this is incorrect $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 19 '18 at 20:40
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I think there's a reference to

Jonathan Swift here

is that the Swift?

Not sure where to go from there.

The climber line is confusing me and making me think of

Martin Short on a ladder with Etta King or Martin Luther King -

none of which is relevant.

Is it

Jonathan?

and is exam man

Proctor?

Too bad I know nothing about sports!

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  • $\begingroup$ No, it isn't Jonathan $\endgroup$ – Xavier Stanton Aug 19 '18 at 20:41

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