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One cleric, no learner, around brotherhood to be bitter (7)


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'be bitter' is the definition.

'one cleric no learner around brotherhood' is the wordplay.
'one' becomes 'a' (a thing is one thing).
'no' suggests deleting specific letters.
'learner' becomes 'l' (as in a learner driver with L-plates on their car).
'around' is an insertion indicator.
'brotherhood' becomes 'b' (this might be a standard abbreviation which I don't know about).
'cleric' with 'l' taken out is 'ceric'.
'ceric' enclosing 'b' is 'cerbic'.

'to' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for acerbic that I've seen before include "Bitter, sour" , "Cutting" , "Sarcastic" , "Astringent in tone" , "Bitter-tasting" .)

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