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A female to make sweet music with? (5)

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I believe the answer is:

viola

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'sweet music with?' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'a female to' is the wordplay.
'a female' becomes 'vi' (short for Violet, a woman's name).
'to' becomes 'ola' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'vi'+'ola'='VIOLA'

'make' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for viola that I've seen before include "One played", "Sebastian's twin (Twelfth Night)", "Shakespearean character", "Large violin", "Pansy-like flower", "Bowed string instrument", "Bloomer", "Fiddle", "Achievement" and "Twelfth Night heroine".)

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