Crossword Genius

Some always gathered about noon (3)

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any

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'some' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'always gathered about noon' is the wordplay.
'always' becomes 'ay'.
'gathered' is an insertion indicator.
'about noon' becomes 'n' (I am not sure about the 'about' bit.).
'ay' going around 'n' is 'ANY'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for any that I've seen before include "Whichever", "One or some, whichever you choose", "Some; none in particular", "Long-running Radio 4 discussion show", "Some; whichever", "Some; no matter which", "Several", "One, no matter which", "A lot < ? Not a lot < -- some" and "At all; in some degree".)

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