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The CID's unorthodox channels (7)


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'channels' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being plural nouns.
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'the cid's unorthodox' is the wordplay.
'unorthodox' is an anagram indicator.
'thecids' is an anagram of 'DITCHES'.

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(Other definitions for ditches that I've seen before include "Long narrow excavations" , "Trenches" , "Abandons" , "Rejects" , "Gets rid of" .)

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