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Shorten a game for four players (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

abridge

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Here is my best explanation:

'shorten' is the definition.
('abridge' can be a synonym of 'shorten')

'a game for four players' is the wordplay.
'game for four players' becomes 'bridge' (I've seen this before).
'a'+'bridge'='ABRIDGE'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for abridge that I've seen before include "Make shorter, book say", "Crop", "Big read (anag) - shorten text", "Abbreviate, contract", "Concentrate", "Curtail", "Shorten (eg, text)", "Make short work", "cut short" and "Shorten written work".)

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