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Socialist, without ceremony, rejected left (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'socialist' is the definition.

Both the answer and definition are adjectives. Maybe there's a link between them I don't understand?

'without ceremony rejected left' is the subsidiary indication.

'without' is an insertion indicator.

'ceremony' becomes 'rite' (rite is a kind of ceremony).

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

'left' becomes 'red' (I've seen this in other clues**).

'rite' written backwards gives 'etir'.

'etir' put into 'red' is 'retired'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for retired that I've seen before include "claiming a pension?", "Went to bed or gave up work", "Turned in", "Ceased working", "went back", "withdrawn", "Left", "out of office?", "Gave up work" and "Put out to pasture".)


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