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Noisy beasts, 101 reprobates, Australian being hugged (7)


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'noisy beasts' is the definition.

'101 reprobates australian being hugged' is the wordplay.
'101' becomes 'CI' (roman numerals).
'reprobates' becomes 'cads' (I've seen this in another clue).
'australian' becomes 'A' (common abbreviation).
'being hugged' indicates putting letters inside.
'cads' going around 'a' is 'cadas'.

(Other definitions for cicadas that I've seen before include "These insects have an acid sac" , "Noisy insects" .)

I've seen this clue in The Everyman puzzle in The Observer.
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