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Seen in a cryptic crossword (Metro, 9th May):

Continental stagecoach industry [9]

The answer is

DILIGENCE

but why?

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In Europe, stagecoaches were referred to as

DILIGENCE. Check this Wikipedia link for more information.

The industry part might be a reference to its adjective form industrious, which is synonymous with diligent. Going back to the noun form leads us to

DILIGENCE. Check Google's list of synonyms for industrious here.

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