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Nice knockback either way (3)


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'nice' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are adjectives. Perhaps you can see an association between them that I can't see?

'knockback either way' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'way' could be 'n' (Compass direction - North) and 'n' is located in the answer.
The remaining letters 'on' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for non that I've seen before include "Prefixed negation of a word" , "Negative French word" , "- - -stick" , "Prefix meaning not or none" , "Combining form meaning not" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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