All clues lead to a three letter word contained within a seven letter word.
-1. a puncturing tool in Xena
-2. a pilot in a sugar pill
-3. part of a horse's gear in surroundings
-4. a faucet in a eulogy
-5. a code word in servants (seen as a somewhat insulting word)
-6. a vegetable in cast out of office
-7. a witch in humiliation
-8. nothing in a Neapolitan flavor
-9. a gun in a boat
-10. a couple in difficult
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