The only Fedora I can think of right now is an American college football coach (Larry).
I guess maybe other people might ( not sure, ) have it when reading the name of a friend. that they dont see it as the word for them, but really them.
Hard to explain indeed, especially that you dont mean just thinking of whatever the word means.
Hmm suddenly comes to mind, philly is the name for baby horse right? sounds related etymologically. Thought of it because I first thought of veulen which it is in dutch, and sounds a lot like fawn ( and philly depending on where you emphasize and which letters are mumbled more. If you dont pronounce the l much it sounds like fawn and if you dont pronounce the n much it sounds like philly. (which both happen in different dialects here)
I guess if the clue doesn't stimulate your brain in the right way, it's hard to jump-start that connection and know what word is meant. Generally I find the clues pretty sharp, though.
could ve gotten fjord frugal and fennel.
Would never ve gotten filibuster feint (thought faux-something) fatwa flotilla and frogman. Some of these I have never even heard of.