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It has to be negotiated in flight (5)


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'flight' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'it has to be negotiated' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'it' could be 't' (abbreviation. e.g. in 'tis) and 't' is found in the answer.
The remaining letters 'sair' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

'in' is the link.

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(Other definitions for stair that I've seen before include "Support on which to step" , "Flight unit" , "Set of steps" , "One of a 15" , "one on the way up" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish News.
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