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Notice about the ears (4)


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'about the ears' is the definition.
(I know this)

'notice' is the wordplay.
'OTIC' is hidden in amongst the letters.
But, I'm unsure how the hidden word is indicated.

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(Other definitions for otic that I've seen before include "Listener's" , "in relation to the listener" , "Relating to the ear" , "relating to area incorporating canal" , "of concern to the listener" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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