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Force top Frenchman to return in middle of site (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

impact

Here is my best explanation:

'force' is the definition.

(impacting is a kind of forcing)

'top frenchman to return in middle of site' is the subsidiary indication.

'top' becomes 'cap' (cap is a kind of top**).

'frenchman' becomes 'm' (abbreviation for Monsieur - like 'Mr').

'to return' is a reversal indicator.

'in' is an insertion indicator.

'middle of' says to take the centre.

The middle letters of 'site' are 'it'.

'cap'+'m'='capm'

'capm' backwards is 'mpac'.

'mpac' placed inside 'it' is 'impact'.

(Other definitions for impact that I've seen before include "Significance", "Hit; effect", "Forcible contact; marked influence", "Repercussion", "The striking of one body against another", "The striking of one thing against another", "Forceful contact between two objects", "Collision - effect", "Effect - collision" and "The force fo violent strike".)

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