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It's played after HQ dance (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

baseball

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'it's played' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'after hq dance' is the wordplay.
'after' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'hq' becomes 'base' (I've seen this in other clues).
'dance' becomes 'ball' (ball is a kind of dance).
'base' put next to 'ball' is 'BASEBALL'.

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(Other definitions for baseball that I've seen before include "Popular American sport" , "Nine-a-side game" , "Summer sport of US" , "SPORT/GAME" , "Slab able to be used in the game?" .)

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