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Rule broken by unknown character in valley (6)


I believe the answer is:


'valley' is the definition.
(I know that canyon is a type of valley)

'rule broken by unknown character' is the wordplay.
'rule' becomes 'canon' (canon can mean a law).
'broken by' means one lot of letters goes inside another (inserted letters break into the word).
'unknown character' becomes 'y' (algebra).
'canon' placed around 'y' is 'CANYON'.

'in' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for canyon that I've seen before include "Gulch" , "Narrow steep-sided valley" , "Big rift" , "deep container for water" , "The Grand . . . . . . of Colorado is a natural phenomenon in USA" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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