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It's dark almost on time (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

night

Here is my best explanation:

'it's dark' is the definition.

(night is a kind of dark)

'almost on time' is the subsidiary indication.

'almost' becomes 'nigh' ('nigh' can be a synonym of 'almost').

'on' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'time' becomes 't'.

'nigh'+'t'='night'

(Other definitions for night that I've seen before include "Saturday -- Fever (film)", "Time for bed", "period of gloom", "Time for turning", "Evening", "Darkness; see you in the morning", "Time of darkness", "See 9", "Dusk to dawn" and "Sunset to sunrise".)

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