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Abstract The effectiveness of common metaheuristics on combinatorial optimisation problems can be limited by certain characteristics of the fitness landscape. We use the local optima network model to compress the ‘inherent structure’ of a problem space into a network whose structure relates to the empirical hardness of the underlying landscape. Monotonic sequences are used on the local optima networks of a benchmark set of QAP instances (QAPLIB) to expose landscape funnels. The results suggest links between features of these structures and lowered metaheuristic performance.