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Left old friend casing clubs in the area (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

locally

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Here is my best explanation:

'in the area' is the definition.

'left old friend casing clubs' is the wordplay.
'left' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation**).
'old' becomes 'o' (common abbreviation eg in OE for Old English).
'friend' becomes 'ally' ('ally' can be a synonym of 'friend').
'casing' is an insertion indicator (I've seen this in other clues).
'clubs' becomes 'c' (abbreviation used in card games such as bridge).
'o'+'ally'='oally'
'oally' placed around 'c' is 'ocally'.
'l'+'ocally'='LOCALLY'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for locally that I've seen before include "Nearby", "Happening in neighbouring district", "Within a particular area", "In the immediate neighbourhood", "In the surrounding area", "In the vicinity" and "Near home".)

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