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The old fools made gibes about a saint (7)


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'the old fools' is the definition.
'jesters' can be an answer for 'fools' ('jester' can be a synonym of 'fool'). I am not sure about the 'the old' bit.

'gibes about a saint' is the wordplay.
'gibes' becomes 'jeers' ('jeer' can be a synonym of 'gibe').
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'a saint' becomes 'st' (abbreviation).
'jeers' placed around 'st' is 'JESTERS'.

'made' acts as a link.

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(Another definition for jesters that I've seen is " Jokers".)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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