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Shorten a card game (7)


I believe the answer is:


'shorten' is the definition.

'a card game' is the wordplay.
'card game' becomes 'bridge' (bridge is a kind of card game).

(Other definitions for abridge that I've seen before include "(US) cattle-pen" , "Edit down" , "Make a precis of" , "Big read (anag) - shorten text" , "Abbreviate, contract" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times and The Irish Independent.
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