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A month with English theatre's top group (6)


I believe the answer is:


'group' is the definition.
The answer is an example.

'a month with english theatre's top' is the wordplay.
'a month' becomes 'sept' (Sept is an example).
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'top' suggests taking the first letters (in a down clue, the first letter is top).
The first letters of 'english theatres' is 'et'.

(Other definitions for septet that I've seen before include "Musical group" , "Several players" , "Group of seven voices" , "piece by Beethoven" , "A set of seven" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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