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Problem statement
Given an array of times in HH:MM format, find the minimum difference in minutes. The time is circular in nature. For example 23:52 and 00:08 have a difference of 16. Also 00:00 should be handled the same as 24:00.

Solution
The first key is to convert the string representation of each time into an int representing minutes:

Next, we iterate over the times and subtract each time from the following one checking for a new minimum each time:

The last step is to complete the circle and make the first time the follower of the last time in the array by adding 1440\ (24\ hours) and subtracting the last time from it:

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