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A drink before the play (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

drama

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Here is my best explanation:

'the play' is the definition.
('drama' can be a synonym of 'play')

'a drink before' is the wordplay.
'drink' becomes 'dram' (I've seen this before**).
'before' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'a' put after 'dram' is 'DRAMA'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for drama that I've seen before include "Plays as a genre", "Stage production", "Histrionics?", "Literary play", "shared interest of 6 & 12 [VERDI & SHAKESPEARE]", "Spectacle", "theatre performance", "Plays as branch of literature", "Emotional scene" and "Theatrical performance".)

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