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Test no longer taking half a day (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

exam

Here is my best explanation:

'test' is the definition.

('exam' can be a synonym of 'test')

'no longer taking half a day' is the subsidiary indication.

'no longer' becomes 'ex'.

'taking' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'half' suggests halving the letters.

'day' becomes 'mon'.

'a'+'mon'='amon'

'amon' with half the letters taken is 'am'.

'ex'+'am'='exam'

This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for exam that I've seen before include "One might be taken for English", "One taken by candidate", "paper", "End-of-course assessment", "Formal knowledge test", "Important test", "Written test", "Test of knowledge", "Brief test" and "Scholastic test".)

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