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Certain about you French Germany stitched up (7)

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I believe the answer is:

sutured

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Here is my best explanation:

'stitched up' is the definition.

The definition and answer can be both to do with contact as well as being past participle verbs.

Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'certain about you french germany' is the subsidiary indication.

'certain' becomes 'sure' ('sure' can be a synonym of 'certain').

'about' indicates putting letters inside.

'you french' becomes 'tu' (I've seen this in other clues).

'germany' becomes 'd' (international vehicle registration code).

'sure' enclosing 'tu' is 'suture'.

'suture'+'d'='sutured'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for sutured that I've seen before include "stitched up" and "Rust due {anag.)".)

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