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Have secret service overthrown Eastern European? (5)


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'have secret service overthrown eastern european?' is the definition.
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'overthrown eastern european?' is the wordplay.
'overthrown' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'eastern' becomes 'e'.
'european?' becomes 'Pole' (someone from Poland).
'epole' backwards is 'ELOPE'.

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(Other definitions for elope that I've seen before include "Abscond for amorous purposes" , "Run away secretly to marry" , "Run away with lover" , "Do a runner" , "Run away in secret" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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