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Self-important pundit's first sin is to support United (6)


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'self-important' is the definition.
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'pundit's first sin is to support united' is the wordplay.
'pundit's first' becomes 'p' (pst letter of 'pundit').
'sin' becomes 'pity' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'is to support' says to put letters next to each other (in a down clue, some letters hold up others).
'united' becomes 'U' (abbreviation).
'ppity' after 'u' is 'UPPITY'.

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(Other definitions for uppity that I've seen before include "Informally presumptuous or arrogant" , "In need of slapping down?" , "Difficult to control" , "Pert; haughty" , "Informally pert or arrogant" .)

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