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Every now and then, coloured part of puzzle (4)

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I believe the answer is:

clue

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'part of puzzle' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both related to communication as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'every now and then coloured' is the wordplay.
'every now and then' means one should take alternating letters (letters selected at regular intervals).
The alternate letters of 'coloured' are 'CLUE'.

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