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French girl returns if encored (4)


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'encored' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I cannot tell whether it can be defined by this definition.

'french girl returns if' is the wordplay.
'french girl' becomes 'fi' (nickname for Fiona. I am not sure about the 'french' bit.).
'returns' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'if' back-to-front is 'fi'.

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