mentally unstable
   The article is usable but flawed. There are various similar words using the same imagery.
   A crackpot may be no more than eccentric:
    There is no percentage in her remaining engaged to a crack-pot. (Runyon, 1990, written in the 1930s)
   although the adjectival use may imply greater mental instability:
    Now the necessary removal of Bayldon was threatened by a hijack organised by some crackpot group. (B. Forbes, 1989)
   Crack-brained means slightly dotty. Crackers can mean anything from mildly eccentric to raving mad:
    His nephew by marriage... had gone crackers and killed a man. (King, 1996)

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