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Lacking direction is often just the removal of a compass point, so you could have something like "Winter lacking direction = winter - W(est) = inter" or "Guard lacking direction = sentry - S(outh) = entry".
Could also be a non-cardinal point like SE (South East), NE (North East) etc. or in some cases the full word (north/south/east/west).
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
In lacking direction means I, i.e. remove N(orth) from In.
This would make the puzzle: I in basic instincts acts like neanderthals.
Either add I to the synonym of instinct
Neanderthals being extinct; remove I from Basic Instincts itself or a synonym?
I come up with this version simply because the first 'In' seems redundant somehow. Simply Lacking direction would've been good enough to convey the point about compass directions.
I had thought of CAVEMAN as well, and the best I could come up with was Basic Instinct = CRAVE, Direction = R for right, so Basic Instinct Lacking Direction = (CRAVE - R) = CAVE. But I was stuck on how to get MAN.
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