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Work a lot in being trained? It's not mandatory (8)

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I believe the answer is:

optional

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Here is my best explanation:

'not mandatory' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'work a lot in being trained?' is the subsidiary indication.

'work' becomes 'op' (common abbreviation for 'opus'**).

'being trained?' indicates anagramming the letters.

'a'+'lot'+'in'='alotin'

'alotin' is an anagram of 'tional'.

'op'+'tional'='optional'

'it's' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for optional that I've seen before include "A matter of choice", "Platoon I may leave to choice", "Open to choice - take your pick", "Too plain (anag.)", "Available as a choice but not obligatory", "Not obligatory", "'Left to choice, not compulsory (8)'", "Platoon I join as a matter of choice", "something extra?" and "Elective, as you choose".)

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