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I'm stuck on the last clue of a cryptic crossword. The clue is:

A non-PC American woman overseas? (6)

The cross letters are A_R_A_, confirmed by "check answers."

Cryptic Crosswords iPhone app, Pack 1, Puzzle 16, Clue 16

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As I was typing this up, I figured it out:

ABROAD
[A] [non-PC American woman = broad] [overseas = abroad]

I'm not quite sure if "American" is there for a particular reason besides just being filler. Is "broad" really restricted to American women?

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    $\begingroup$ "Broad" isn't a word for an American woman but it's an American word for a woman. $\endgroup$ – aPaulT May 30 '14 at 12:04
  • $\begingroup$ That would explain it. Do Brits really not use it? $\endgroup$ – Kevin May 30 '14 at 12:05
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    $\begingroup$ It would be widely understood but rarely used I'd say. My dictionary (Chambers) specifically marks it as American $\endgroup$ – aPaulT May 30 '14 at 12:14
  • $\begingroup$ you should accept your own answer. :) $\endgroup$ – Memming Jun 2 '14 at 13:33

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