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Both arduous and difficult inside (4)


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'difficult inside' is the definition.
Both the definition and answer are adjectives. Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'both arduous' is the wordplay.
'HARD' is hidden in amongst the letters.
However, I'm uncertain how this is indicated.

'and' is the link.

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(Other definitions for hard that I've seen before include "Firm; demanding; stern" , "Complicated" , "Difficult - firm" , "Firm, rigid, road leading to foreshore" , "Difficult; severe" .)

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