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Deals with mere criminal penned by representatives (10)


I believe the answer is:


'deals' is the definition.

'mere criminal penned by representatives' is the wordplay.
'criminal' is an anagram indicator.
'penned by' indicates putting letters inside.
'representatives' becomes 'agents' (agent is a kind of representative).
'mere' is an anagram of 'reem'.
'reem' placed inside 'agents' is 'AGREEMENTS'.

'with' is the link.

(Other definitions for agreements that I've seen before include "Concerts" , "pledges" , "Compromises in" , "contracts" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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