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Long period of time before end of Ramadan (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

yearn

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Here is my best explanation:

'long' is the definition.
('yearn' can be a synonym of 'long')

'period of time before end of ramadan' is the wordplay.
'period of time' becomes 'year' (year is a kind of period of time**).
'before' says to put letters next to each other.
'end of' suggests the final letters.
The last letter of 'ramadan' is 'n'.
'year'+'n'='YEARN'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for yearn that I've seen before include "Have an intense feeling of longing", "Long (for something)", "Strongly desire", "Long - pine", "Have a great longing", "Desire, want", "Curdle", "Pine; long", "Hanker" and "Have a craving".)

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