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A blow round a bulging midriff (6)


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'midriff' is the definition.

'a blow round a bulging' is the wordplay.
I cannot really understand how this works, but
'a' is present in the answer.
'blow' could be 'punch' (punch is a kind of blow) and 'punch' is found within the leftover letters.
This accounts for all the letters.
This may be the basis of clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for paunch that I've seen before include "Large stomach or belly" , "Gut" , "Protuberant stomach" , "corporation" , "Fat belly" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish Independent.
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