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They ebb and flow in links either side of delta (5)


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'they ebb and flow' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'links either side of delta' is the wordplay.
'links' becomes 'ties' ('tie' can be a synonym of 'link').
'either side of' is an insertion indicator (one word goes around another one).
'delta' becomes 'd' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'ties' going around 'd' is 'TIDES'.

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for tides that I've seen before include "drifts" , "Critical moments" , "Current trends" , "They occur daily" , "Oceanic movements" .)

I've seen this clue in The Daily Mail.
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