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Bond with gun breaking rule, I suspect (8)


I believe the answer is:


'bond' is the definition.
(I know that ligature is a type of ligament)

'gun breaking rule i suspect' is the wordplay.
'gun' becomes 'gat' (US informal term for a gun).
'breaking' is an insertion indicator.
'suspect' indicates anagramming the letters (a suspicious or unusual spelling).
'rulei' anagrammed gives 'liure'.
'gat' inserted inside 'liure' is 'LIGATURE'.

'with' is the link.

(Other definitions for ligature that I've seen before include "Musical slur" , "Bond" , "Binding used for strangulation" , "Thread for sealing blood vessels" , "Bandage, binding" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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