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Fiddled, printing stuff in 'dead tree' version (8)


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'fiddled printing' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both to do with contact as well as being past participle verbs.
Maybe there's a link between them I don't understand?

'stuff in dead tree version' is the wordplay.
'stuff' becomes 'ink' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'dead' becomes 'd' (abbreviation in government records).
'version' indicates anagramming the letters.
'dtree' anagrammed gives 'tered'.
'ink' placed into 'tered' is 'TINKERED'.

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(Other definitions for tinkered that I've seen before include "Fiddled trivially (with)" , "Fiddled with, trying to repair" , "Was meddling" .)

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