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Central idea Iolanthe means to convey (5)


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'central idea' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'iolanthe means to convey' is the wordplay.
'THEME' is hidden within the letters.
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(Other definitions for theme that I've seen before include "tune used in Enigma Variations?" , "He met (anag) - subject" , "sort of tune" , "subject,motif" , "Subject set for discussion" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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