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Learned environment made bends in A1! (7)


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

'made bends in a1' is the wordplay.
'bends' indicates an anagram (I've seen 'bending' mean this).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'aa' becomes 'ace' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'made' is an anagram of 'adem'.
'adem' going into 'ace' is 'ACADEME'.

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(Other definitions for academe that I've seen before include "The educational sector" , "The teaching environment" , "Scholarly life" , "The world of scholars" , "Educational environment" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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