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Stupid reply, ignoring wife at home alone at last (8)


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

'reply ignoring wife at home alone at last' is the wordplay.
'reply' becomes 'ans' (abbreviation for answer).
'ignoring wife' becomes 'er' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'at home' becomes 'in' ('I'm in' can mean 'I'm at home').
'at last' says to take the final letters.
The last letter of 'alone' is 'e'.

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(Other definitions for anserine that I've seen before include "Silly" , "Like a goose" , "Foolish" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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