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The sailor boys’ ball (3)

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I believe the answer is:

orb

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Here is my best explanation:

'ball' is the definition.
('orb' can be a synonym of 'ball')

'the sailor boys'' is the subsidiary indication.
'orb' is hidden within the letters.
However, I am unsure how the hidden word is indicated.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for orb that I've seen before include "Item of insignia", "A sphere or globe", "Ornamental globe", "Ceremonial globe carried by a monarch", "Spherical object or shape", "Spherical symbol of monarch's power", "Ring", "Globe", "Royal sphere (paired with 13 across)" and "Heavenly body".)

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