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English play about small island (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

eyot

Here is my best explanation:

'small island' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'english play about' is the subsidiary indication.

'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).

'play' becomes 'toy' ('toy' can be a synonym of 'play'**).

'about' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.

'toy' in reverse letter order is 'yot'.

'e'+'yot'='eyot'

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for eyot that I've seen before include "land in the river", "River island", "Little island in a river or lake", "isle", "Small river island", "Ait", "small island", "Islet found in a river, (especially in England)", "Fawlty Towers waiter" and "There's one at Chiswick".)

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