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Tolerant of knight that is breaking fast (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'tolerant' is the definition.
('lenient' can be a synonym of 'tolerant')

'knight that is breaking fast' is the wordplay.
'knight' becomes 'n' (chess).
'that is' becomes 'ie' ('i.e.' can be a synonym of 'that is').
'breaking' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'fast' becomes 'lent' (I've seen this before).
'nie' inserted into 'lent' is 'LENIENT'.

'of' is the link.


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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for lenient that I've seen before include "Soft-hearted", "Merciful or easygoing", "forbearing", "Indulgent, lax", "Tolerant, rather than strict", "Tolerant, merciful", "Not severe in punishing", "Compassionate", "Not severe, merciful" and "Easy, soft".)

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