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Misinterpret return of crude power (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

warp

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Here is my best explanation:

'misinterpret' is the definition.
(to warp can mean to distort or misrepresent)

'return of crude power' is the wordplay.
'return of' says the letters should be written backwards.
'crude' becomes 'raw' ('raw' can be a synonym of 'crude').
'power' becomes 'p'.
'raw' reversed gives 'war'.
'war'+'p'='WARP'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for warp that I've seen before include "Make bent or twisted", "Become bent like timber through heat", "Make or become out of shape", "Go out of shape", "Become twisted", "Abnormality in character", "'Bend out of shape, with heat say (4)'", "Distort, ship's rope", "Buckle" and "Of wood, twist under heat".)

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