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Solution for 5.3 Obliquely Defined (Answer = REPAIR)

First, we identify the 16 images: ADD-ON, ASKEW, BYLINE, COUNTERTOP, CROSSCOURT, CUPRIC, DEMON, FOREGONE, NERO, POULTRY, PROLATE, ROASTING, SEPIA, SOMEWHERE, SPIKY, XOR.

The trick here is that we can break each word into component homophones, then use synonyms to match said homophones. A complete table is provided here:

Pic 1Defn 1Defn 2Pic 2Letters
CROSSCOURTCROSS/CAUGHTX/SAWXORCHAR
COUNTERTOPCOUNT/ATOPDEEM/ONDEMONCOME
SOMEWHERESUM/WEARADD/DONADD-ONHAND
BYLINEBY/LINENEAR/ROWNERONEAR
FOREGONEFOR/GONEPRO/LATEPROLATENELL
SPIKYSPY/QUAYSEE/PIERSEPIAPASS
CUPRICQUEUE/PRICKROW/STINGROASTINGRING
ASKEWASK/YEWPOLL/TREEPOULTRYSEER

We can repeat this process on the new words (or homophones thereof) using the two additional clued rows:

LHS WordDefn 1Defn 2RHS WordLetters
NEARHANDNEAR/HANDCOME/PASSCOMPASSREAP
CHARNELCHAR/KNELLSEAR/RINGSEARINGHEIR

Finally, repeating the same process with REAP and HEIR produces the final answer REPAIR.

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