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Wounds in a most absent-minded way (5)


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'wounds' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'a most absent-minded way' is the wordplay.
'STABS' is hidden in amongst the letters.
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(Other definitions for stabs that I've seen before include "Pierces" , "Wounds with blow of knife" , "Thrusts a knife into" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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