I present the following:
[> restart;
[> a1:= foo = bar;
                             a1 := foo = bar
[> a2:= blam = foo = bar;
Error, `=` unexpected
[> a3:= blam = a1;
                       a3 := blam = (foo = bar)
The fact that the definition of a2 (correctly) throws an error and the definition of a3 does not can lead to some odd errors down the way. I disagree with Maple's choice not to say that the assignment of a3 is in error.

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