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Settled close around fort (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ensconced

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Here is my best explanation:

'settled' is the definition.
('ensconce' can be a synonym of 'settle')

'close around fort' is the wordplay.
'close' becomes 'end' (I've seen this before).
'around' indicates putting letters inside.
'fort' becomes 'sconce' (historical term for a fort or defence).
'end' enclosing 'sconce' is 'ENSCONCED'.

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