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Detectives run from ruthless criminal (7)


I believe the answer is:


'detectives' is the definition.
(sleuth is a kind of detective)

'run from ruthless criminal' is the wordplay.
'run' becomes 'r' (cricket abbreviation).
'from' is a deletion indicator.
'criminal' is an anagram indicator.
'ruthless' with 'r' taken out is 'uthless'.
'uthless' anagrammed gives 'SLEUTHS'.

(Other definitions for sleuths that I've seen before include "Detectives" , "Private eyes" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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