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Tried to construct huge carport (7)


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'huge carport' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I can't see how they can define each other.

'tried to construct' is the wordplay.
'construct' indicates anagramming the letters.
'triedto' is an anagram of 'DETROIT'.

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(Other definitions for detroit that I've seen before include "US motor city" , "U.S. city also known as Motown" , "City in Michigan nicknamed Motown" , "City in Michigan known for motor industry" , "city by a Great Lake" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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