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Attempt to eat a waistcoat is a sick satire (8)


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'sick satire' is the definition.
'travesty' can be an answer for 'satire' (thesaurus). I am unsure of the 'sick' bit.

'attempt to eat a waistcoat' is the wordplay.
'attempt' becomes 'try' (synonyms).
'to eat' indicates putting letters inside.
'waistcoat' becomes 'vest' (synonyms).
'try' going around 'avest' is 'TRAVESTY'.

'is a' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for travesty that I've seen before include "pantomime" , "Grotesque distortion" , "Mockery, grotesque imitation" , "Terrible distortion of something." , "Grotesque misrepresentation" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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