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Things thrown at the match (8)


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'match' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'things thrown at the' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'at' could be 'on' (location) and 'on' is located in the answer.
'the' could be 't' (the is pronounced as a 't' sound in some dialects) and 't' is found within the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for confetti that I've seen before include "Scraps of coloured paper thrown in celebration" , "It's targeted at newlyweds" , "It is thrown at happy 16s" , "Celebratory scraps of coloured paper thrown at weddings" , "shower of a union?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish News and The Globe and Mail.
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