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The ClueDeadlocks (8 letter answer)
NotesThe answer IMPASSES is so rare that it appears less than once every 2500 puzzles.
Related CluesBlind alleys
DefinitionIMPASSE as a noun:
1. (deadlock, dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstill) = a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible; "reached an impasse on the negotiations"
2. (blind alley, cul de sac, dead-end street, impasse) = a street with only one way in or out