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Use trickery, though against it (3)


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'use trickery' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both acts as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'against it' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'against' could be 'on' (on can mean by or up against) and 'on' is located in the answer.
A single letter 'c' remains which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'though' is the link.

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(Other definitions for con that I've seen before include "Not in favour" , "one in pen?" , "Deceive; disadvantage" , "Tory" , "Informally swindle" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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