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As served in the late afternoon? (3)


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'as' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot understand how one could define the other.

'in the late afternoon?' is the wordplay.
'in' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'TEA' is hidden within 'late afternoon'.

'served' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for tea that I've seen before include "A light meal - eat up" , "TREE" , "Light afternoon meal" , "Afternoon meal; drink" , "Strangely, ate this drink" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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