Crossword Genius

Best rebuttal (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

worst

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Here is my best explanation:

This might be a double definition.

'best' is the first definition.
(I've seen this before)

'rebuttal' is the second definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't understand how they can define each other.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for worst that I've seen before include "the pits", "Lowest of the low", "Direst", "Most severe", "Strangely, best", "Get better of; very bad", "Far from the best - defeat", "Beat", "Most badly" and "Most inferior or evil".)

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