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Head of investigative personnel involved in ace gangster’s trial (12)


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'trial' is the definition.

'head of investigative personnel involved in ace gangster's' is the wordplay.
'head of' suggests taking the first letters.
'personnel' becomes 'men' (men is a kind of personnel).
'involved' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'in ace' becomes 'expert' (both can mean a master of something. I am not sure about the 'in' bit.).
'gangster' becomes 'al' (Al Capone).
The initial letter of 'investigative' is 'i'.
'imen' going within 'expert' is 'experiment'.

(Other definitions for experimental that I've seen before include "Like lab techniques" , "Used as a trial" , "Data-based -- inexpert male (anag)" , "Based on untested ideas" , "Undergoing tests" .)

I've seen this clue in The Hindu.
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