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Lass finally catching game, unaccompanied male (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

stag

Here is my best explanation:

'unaccompanied male' is the definition.

(man attending a social event without a woman)

'lass finally catching game' is the subsidiary indication.

'finally' says to take the final letters.

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

'game' becomes 'tag' (tag is a kind of game**).

The last letter of 'lass' is 's'.

's'+'tag'='stag'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for stag that I've seen before include "speculator wanting quick profit", "one may get in a rut", "Adult male deer, often with antlers", "Stock market speculator", "Game - speculator", "Male deer; speculator", "Without women", "Animal - for men only", "Deer; with only men" and "For men only".)

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