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Shifty CIA plot of current interest (7)


I believe the answer is:


'of current interest' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'shifty cia plot' is the wordplay.
'shifty' indicates anagramming the letters.
'ciaplot' is an anagram of 'TOPICAL'.

(Other definitions for topical that I've seen before include "Of interest at the present time" , "About current events, of present interest" , "Applied externally" , "Of local interest" , "In the news" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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