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Holy man always honest about finishing work (5)


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'holy man' is the definition.
(fakir is a kind of holy man)

'honest about finishing work' is the wordplay.
'honest' becomes 'fair' (similar in meaning).
'about' is an insertion indicator.
'finishing' says to take the final letters (the letter which finishes the word).
The last letter of 'work' is 'k'.
'fair' placed around 'k' is 'FAKIR'.

'always' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for fakir that I've seen before include "Ascetic type", "Holy man of the East", "Muslim mendicant monk and holy man", "Ascetic in India", "Indian religious ascetic".)

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