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Robbed patrol leader, but editor was on top (9)


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'robbed' is the definition.

'patrol leader but editor was on top' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'leader' could be 'red' (red is a kind of leader) and 'red' is located in the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Another definition for plundered that I've seen is "Ransacked".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.