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This is sometimes ironclad (5 letter answer)

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The answer ALIBI is seen frequently, appearing about once every 90 puzzles.

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Accused's excuse
Certain testimony
Convenient story
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Defendant's defense
Defendant's mainstay
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Defense aid
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Epithet for Ike
Evidence for the defense
Excuse at court
Excuse of a sort
Exonerating excuse
Lardner's "___ Ike"
Lardner's ___ Ike
Lawyer's concern
Legal defense
Legal excuse
Mason's concern
Slip cover?
Suspect's need
Suspect's "out"
Suspect's story
___ Ike (buck-passer)
Ironclad defense, usually
It may be airtight
It might be airtight
It might let a person off
It's best when it's airtight


ALIBI as a noun:

1. (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question
2. (excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification) = a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

ALIBI as a verb:

1. exonerate by means of an alibi