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The final answer is the name of a country.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is unsolvable with Chrome on OS X, but the brokenness is so subtle, that you can't really tell without looking at the solution or the image version. $\endgroup$ – Bass Oct 28 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass Ugh, that's terrible. Changed it to image only to avoid technical issues. $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 28 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Bass Out of curiosity, what was the difference? $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 28 at 18:37
  • $\begingroup$ Here's a screenshot. See those squares at 1, 13 and 14? They're probably supposed to mean "couldn't find that emoji in this font", but they blend in pretty well. $\endgroup$ – Bass Oct 28 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Oops, you've missed Mauritania. $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 at 7:15
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The country is ...

... Jamaica.

Solutions to the cryptic clues:

1. CHECKERED — CHECK + E(-mail) + RED
2. POLE — ddef: man from Pland; fishing rod
3. RAINBOW — BRAIN* + OW(l) - tu(L)ip
4. LINK — (snai)L end + INK from squid
5. BEAT — B (bee) + (m)EAT without top
6. PERSONS — PE(a)R + SONS
7. TAPE — T(emperature) + APE
8. HERRING — HER (belongig to a woman) RING
9. CROSS — Hidden in la_CROSS_e
10. SNOW — S(nake) top + WON<
11. HOUSE — ddef: Doctor on TV, building
12. LIE — LI(k)E - K(iss)
13. WHALE — W(atc)H frame + ALE
14. MOON — MOO (cow sound) + (he)N leg
15. JEANS — sounds like (ear) "genes"

Now ...

... we can associate three consecutive answers with a common word:

FLAG — checkered flag, flagpole, rainbow flag
MISSING — missing link, missing a beat, missing persons
RED — red tape, red herrng, Red Cross
WHITE — Snow White, White House, white lie
BLUE — blue whale, (once in a) blue moon, blue jeans

We are looking for ...

... a country whose flag is missing red, white and blue. Jamaica's flag has black, green and yellow.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oops, you've missed Mauritania. $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Scratch---Cat: No, not with the current design. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Nov 10 at 8:38
  • $\begingroup$ I can't access Wikipedia. $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ Look here then. Or start from here. Saying "I can't access Wikipedia" as part of a smarty-pants discussion you've brought up yourself is not much different from tapping your ears and saying: La, la, la, I don't hear you. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Nov 10 at 9:21
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks......... $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 at 9:54

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