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Playing area near a ground (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

arena

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Here is my best explanation:

'a ground' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'playing area near' is the subsidiary indication.
'playing' is an anagram indicator.
'area' becomes 'a' (maths abbreviation).
'a'+'near'='anear'
'anear' is an anagram of 'arena'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for arena that I've seen before include "Centre of an amphitheatre", "Ring; stage", "Amphitheatre's central space", "Ring; stadium", "place for the audience", "Battleground", "Field of combat", "Place of activity, especially conflict", "Boxing ring" and "Scene of gladiatorial contest, perhaps".)

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