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Creatures that are party to a terrible crime (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

dormice

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Here is my best explanation:

'creatures' is the definition.
(dormouse is a kind of creature)

'are party to a terrible crime' is the wordplay.
'are party' becomes 'do'.
'to a terrible' indicates anagramming the letters.
'crime' with letters rearranged gives 'rmice'.
'do'+'rmice'='DORMICE'

'that' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for dormice that I've seen before include "For these heavy sleepers", "Animals", "Bushy-tailed rodents", "Creatures", "They will hibernate", "Little hibernating rodents", "Field rodents", "Rodents", "Furry animals" and "Small field rodents".)

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