Cryptic crossword type clue

Palindromic medic with difficult personality loses title [7]

(hints will be provided over time if necessary... )


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I think this is

Dr. Awkward (a "palindromic medic") without Dr (title), making AWKWARD ("with a difficult personality")? Although that would have the definition part in the middle, which is contrary to the normal rules of cryptic clues.

  • $\begingroup$ the only issue I have with your answer is the . after the title, but that may be a matter of different conventions... well done -- hmm see the issue that you point out with the normal rules of cryptic clues... wonder if you have any suggestions to improve the clue... $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:09
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe a better clueing of this answer would be: “Unfortunate! Palindromic medic loses title [7]” $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:14
  • $\begingroup$ Or putting "title stripped from" (or similar) in the beginning of the clue? $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:48
  • $\begingroup$ @El-Guest thanks for the suggestion $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Jul 20, 2021 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Jafe - how about Palindromic medic with difficult personality finishes rounds [4] that seems to get around the problem of there being part of the clue that is too direct. $\endgroup$
    – tom
    Jul 20, 2021 at 13:24

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