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Cat beetled off before one's very eyes (10)


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'before one's very eyes' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'cat beetled off' is the wordplay.
'off' is an anagram indicator.
'catbeetled' with letters rearranged gives 'DETECTABLE'.

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(Another definition for detectable that I've seen is " apparent?".)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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