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Simpleton’s one point taking one in (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

idiot

Here is my best explanation:

'simpleton's' is the definition.

(idiot is a kind of simpleton)

'one point taking one in' is the subsidiary indication.

'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).

'point' becomes 'dot' ('dot' can be a synonym of 'point'**).

'taking' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).

'in' is an insertion indicator.

'i'+'dot'='idot'

'idot' placed around 'i' is 'idiot'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for idiot that I've seen before include "foolish", "A very silly person", "Imbecile", "simpleton", "Sap", "Dimwit", "A fool", "Unwise person", "one needing head examined?" and "Clot".)

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