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Is there an argument to define how many posts ago will be displayed in "recent" posts. Could I add something to this and define a specific number of posts ago to start the loop?

$args = array( 'numberposts' => '5' );
$recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args );

So for example I have a page of archives with their excerpts for the last 5 posts. In the sidebar I would like to show other posts from that category, starting with 6 posts ago.

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wp_get_recent_posts basically uses WP_Query, so you can use the offset parameter.

So something like,

$args = array( 'numberposts' => '5', 'offset' => 5 ); 

Reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/WP_Query#Offset_Parameter

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