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Defences of a large bird (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

alibis

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Here is my best explanation:

'defences' is the definition.
(alibi is a kind of defence)

'a large bird' is the wordplay.
'large' becomes 'l'.
'bird' becomes 'ibis' (ibis is a kind of bird**).
'a'+'l'+'ibis'='ALIBIS'

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for alibis that I've seen before include "Pleas of being elsewhere at the time of a crime", "They're useful to have if accused of crimes", "Defences of being elsewhere at times of crimes", "Defences to charges - was elsewhere at the time", "Defences - was elsewhere at time of crimes", "Defences in court", "Proofs accused was elsewhere at time of crime", "Legal defences of being somewhere else at times of crimes", "Excuses" and "Proofs of absence from the scene of the crime".)

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