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Pole is in good time or just about (6)

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I believe the answer is:

nearly

Here is my best explanation:

'just about' is the definition.

('nearly' can be a synonym of 'just about')

'pole is in good time' is the subsidiary indication.

'pole' becomes 'n'.

'is in good time' becomes 'early' (being early is arriving in good time).

'n'+'early'='nearly'

'or' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for nearly that I've seen before include "parsimoniously", "Almost, well-nigh", "Close", "Give out a bright light", "Not entirely", "approximately", "It's almost", "Not quite, almost", "Well-nigh" and "Noon at eleven fifty nine am".)

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