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It's played after HQ dance (8)


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

'after hq dance' is the wordplay.
'after' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'hq' becomes 'base' (I've seen this before).
'dance' becomes 'ball' (ball is a kind of dance).
'base'+'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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