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Part of the Near East (4)


I believe the answer is:


'part' is the definition.
(area is a kind of part)

'of the near east' is the wordplay.
'of' indicates a hidden word.
'AREA' is hidden in the letters of 'near east'.

(Other definitions for area that I've seen before include "Region, space" , "Surface measurement" , "Extent of a 2-dimensional surface" , "Region; extent of a surface" , "Expanse of a surface" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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