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No longer the point (4)

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then

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'no longer' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are adverbs. Perhaps you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'the point' is the wordplay.
'point' becomes 'n' (N is an example).
'the'+'n'='THEN'

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(Other definitions for then that I've seen before include "Afterwards - as a result" , "Consequently" , "soon?" , "Subsequently - previously" , "At that time; next" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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