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Conniving to make old Peruvian owl calls (2,7)


I believe the answer is:

in cahoots

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

'old peruvian owl calls' is the wordplay.
'old peruvian' becomes 'inca' (the Inca were a historical people of Peru).
'owl calls' becomes 'hoots' (I've seen this in another clue).
'inca'+'hoots'='IN CAHOOTS'

'to make' is the link.

(Other definitions for in cahoots that I've seen before include "Thick" , "Conspiring together" , "Working with" , "what conspirators are" , "Conniving" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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