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It's dark, almost, at the end of August (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

night

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Here is my best explanation:

'it's dark' is the definition.
(night is a kind of dark)

'almost at the end of august' is the wordplay.
'almost' becomes 'nigh' ('nigh' can be a synonym of 'almost').
'at the end of' says to take the final letters.
The final letter of 'august' is 't'.
'nigh'+'t'='NIGHT'

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for night that I've seen before include "'The 2 8 of the dog in the _____'", "''Tender is the ...'' (F Scott Fitzgerald)|", "Black bat", "Dusk to dawn", "Between sunset and sunrise", "Saturday -- Fever (film)", "For most, the time for sleep", "Tennyson's "black bat"", "See 8" and "late".)

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