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Wonderland girl (5)

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I believe the answer is:

alice

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'wonderland girl' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'girl' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'girl' could be 'ali' (girl's name) and 'ali' is found within the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for alice that I've seen before include "Girl famed for Wonderland adventures" , "Wonderland girl; --- B. Toklas" , "Girl in literary Wonderland" , "Lewis Carroll's heroine" , "band" .)

I've seen this clue in The Star Tribune, The Mirror, the Newsday and The New York Times.
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