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Flower arranging stock reduced in store (7)


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'flower arranging' is the definition.
(Japanese method of flower arranging)

'reduced in store' is the wordplay.
'reduced' becomes 'ban' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'store' becomes 'IKEA' (furniture shop).
'ban' going into 'ikea' is 'IKEBANA'.

'stock' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for ikebana that I've seen before include "Japanese art of flower arranging" , "Japanese flower-arranging art" , "Art of Japanese flower arrangement" , "Flower arranging; In a bake (anag.)" , "arrangement of flowers" .)

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