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CountryClueSolutionExplanation
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AustraliaGold trails destroyed by American leaderGold = AU + anagram of TRAILS + A(merican)#1 Synonyms: Assume that you are looking for an alternative word or part-word to everything described. These wont normally have indicators
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FijiLeads Fukishima in Japanese industryFirst letters of F(ukishima) I(n) J(apanese) I(ndustry)#2 Anagrams: You shouldn't have to rearrange something that ISN'T in the clue. These are indicated by any word that hints at confusion or rearrangement
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KiribatiCompound of Potassium, barium and titanium surrounds one from Rhode IslandPotassium = K, barium = BA, titanium = TI, surrounding I + RI#3 Initials: 1. Words such as "at first" or "beginning" suggest you should use the first letter of the word/s immediately before or after. 2. Some words are automatically assumed to be initials, most commonly points of a compass (so anything suggesting north yield 'N'), family members/family trees (wife = w) or chess notation.
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Marshall IslandsHarm will come to the Maldives, for exampleHarm = MAR, will = SHALL, Maldives = ISLANDS#4 One-word-inside-another: You'll usually have to do some work just to find out what the two words are, but then you literally 'trap' one word inside another.
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MicronesiaResolve acrimoniesAnagram of ACRIMONIES#5 Combinations of the above: you may have to find a synonym of one word, an anagram of another, place the latter inside the former AND THEN stick an initial on the end. As a rule, read the clue through from left to right, taking into account EVERY PART of the clue (even innocuous-looking 'a's and 'the's can be important).
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NauruAt this moment, regret is heardSounds like (heard) NOW RUE
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New ZealandFresh enthusiasm tooFresh = NEW, enthusiasm = ZEAL, too = AND
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PalauThe French in a French city?The French = LA, inside PAU
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Papua New GuineaWeen Iguana Pupa through metamorphosisAnagram of WEEN IGUANA PUPA
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SamoaOdd characters swarm royalThe odd letters from SwArM rOyAl
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Solomon IslandsWise man with ones estatesWise man = SOLOMON, ones = IS, estates= LANDS
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Tonga100 scored by American state100 = TON, American State (Georgia) = GA
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TuvaluYou French have cost reductionYou = TU, + VALU(e) (reduce by removing last letter)
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VanuatuFronts for Velvet Underground eating a tuna spreadV(elvet) U(nderground) wrapping anagram of A TUNA
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