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Short agent on the way to put down new flags (6)


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'put down new flags' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I can't tell whether this works.

'short agent on the way' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'agent' could be 'rep' (short for representative) and 'rep' is present in the answer.
'way' could be 'ave' (abbreviation for avenue, a type of 'way') and 'ave' is found within the answer.
No letters remain.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'to' acts as a link.

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