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Word breaks, again

A recent clue from Paul came to my attention:

Germany extremely inept as a country (5)

Nice surface, but to me it shows that you can achieve pretty much anything by inventing your own typographical or grammatical rules. This one seems even more egregious than 'indeed'. At least 'indeed' does mean 'in (the) deed', where 'in' is a preposition and 'deed' is a word. Neither of these applies to 'inept' parsed as 'in ept'.

The thin end of the wedge? The floodgates opened? Next stop 'pretend' for T (the end of 'pret')?


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