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Trifle with attorney before midnight (5)


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'before midnight' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.

'trifle with attorney' is the wordplay.
'trifle' becomes 'toy' (I've seen this in another clue).
'with' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'attorney' becomes 'D.A.' (abbreviation for District Attorney).
'toy' enclosing 'da' is 'TODAY'.

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(Other definitions for today that I've seen before include "Current period of 24 hours" , "The present time or age" , "Modern times" , "Yesterday's tomorrow" , "Nowadays" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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