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Stupid honour essentially elitist American wears (6)


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'stupid' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'honour essentially elitist american wears' is the wordplay.
'honour' becomes 'OBE' (Order of the British Empire award).
'essentially' means to look at the middle letters.
'american' becomes 'us' (abbreviation for United States).
'wears' is an insertion indicator.
The central letter of 'elitist' is 't'.
'obe' going around 'tus' is 'OBTUSE'.

(Other definitions for obtuse that I've seen before include "Angles could be", "Not very perceptive or sensitive", "Can't quite see the angle", "Blunt - stupid - insensitive", "Slow, dull".)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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