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I'd entered, in a manner of speaking — but this wasn't intentional (8)


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'this wasn't intentional' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun which matches the answer.

'i'd entered in a manner of speaking' is the wordplay.
'entered in' is an insertion indicator.
'a manner of speaking' becomes 'accent' (accent is a kind of manner of speaking).
'id' placed within 'accent' is 'ACCIDENT'.

'but' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for accident that I've seen before include "disaster" , "Unexpected and unplanned event" , "Collision" , "Prang" , "Fortune" .)

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