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Party involves one not drinking as previously (5)


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'party involves one not drinking as previously' is the definition.
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'party involves one not drinking as previously' is the wordplay.
'party' becomes 'do' (do is a kind of party).
'involves' is an insertion indicator.
'one not drinking' becomes 'tt' (short for teetotal).
'as' becomes 'i' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'previously' says to put letters next to each other.
'tt' after 'i' is 'itt'.
'do' enclosing 'itt' is 'DITTO'.

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(Other definitions for ditto that I've seen before include "Two small marks indicating the same again" , "Copy" , "Notation meaning the same again" , "Repeat the word(s) above" , "Repeat (instruction)" .)

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