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Is a back number and stupid (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

asinine

Here is my best explanation:

'stupid' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'is a back number' is the subsidiary indication.

'back' says the letters should be written in reverse.

'number' becomes 'nine' (nine is a kind of number**).

'is'+'a'='isa'

'isa' reversed gives 'asi'.

'asi'+'nine'='asinine'

'and' is the link.

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for asinine that I've seen before include "Senseless", "Is inane to be foolish", "Daft", "Foolish like donkey", "Stupid (as a donkey?)", "Jenny's often like this", "senseless", "Being stupid", "Really silly, ridiculous" and "Foolish, silly".)

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