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Impudent talk about vegetable and fish (8)


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Here is my best explanation:

'fish' is the definition.
(pilchard is a kind of fish)

'impudent talk about vegetable' is the wordplay.
'impudent talk' becomes 'lip' (informal term for impolite remarks).
'about' is a reversal indicator.
'vegetable' becomes 'chard' (chard is a kind of vegetable).
'lip' in reverse letter order is 'pil'.

'and' is the link.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for pilchard that I've seen before include "'Small fatty fish, usually canned (8)'", "Small marine food fish", "Small sea fish related to the herring", "Food fish", "Small fatty fish, usually tinned", "Edible herring relative", "Fish of herring family", "Item of seafood", "Marine food fish" and "item".)

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