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Where people finish up for assault and battery (5)


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'where people finish' is the definition.
The definition suggests a singular noun but the answer is a plural noun.

'up for assault and battery' is the wordplay.
'up for assault' becomes 's' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'battery' becomes 'cell' (I've seen this in another clue).
's' put after 'cell' is 'CELLS'.

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(Other definitions for cells that I've seen before include "Accommodation for prisoners" , "Dungeons" , "Small rooms" , "Mobile phone in the US" , "terrorist groups" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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