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Contrived plot device (4,2,7)


I believe the answer is:

deus ex machina

(Other definitions for deus ex machina that I've seen before include "rather improbable device" , "Unexpected problem solver" , "Late delivery" , "Contrived plot solution" , "An unlikely solution" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times and The Sunday Times.
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