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A ball game played on board (9)


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'a ball game' is the definition.
'bagatelle' can be an answer for 'game' (bagatelle is a kind of game). I am not certain of the 'a ball' bit.

'played on board' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'on' could be 'at' (I've seen this in other clues) and 'at' is present in the answer.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

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(Other definitions for bagatelle that I've seen before include "Trifling matter" , "Trifle - game with pins and balls" , "Trifle; pinball game" , "drop in the ocean!" , "no serious work" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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