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Succeeding by stopping ensnarement plan (4)


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'succeeding' is the definition.
(I know that succeeding can be written as next)

'by stopping ensnarement plan' is the wordplay.
'by' becomes 'x' (e by 4 is e x 4).
'stopping' is an insertion indicator (stopping can mean blocking a gap).
'ensnarement plan' becomes 'net' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'x' placed into 'net' is 'NEXT'.

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(Other definitions for next that I've seen before include "Closest" , "Coming nearest in time or sequence" , "Nearest in space or position" , "Retailer" , "First in line" .)

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