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Criticised cook and journalist (7)


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'criticised' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are past participle verbs, I can't understand how they can define each other.

'cook and journalist' is the wordplay.
'cook' becomes 'roast' (roasting is a kind of cooking).
'and' says to put letters next to each other.
'journalist' becomes 'ed' (short for editor).

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(Other definitions for roasted that I've seen before include "Cooked (turkey?)" , "Severely reprimanded" , "Cooked hot food" , "Carpeted" , "Cooked (like a joint)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror and The Daily Express.
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