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Free from guilt sailor loves partying (7)


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'free from guilt' is the definition.
'absolve' can be an answer for 'free' (to absolve is to free or spare from blame). I'm unsure of the 'from guilt' bit.

'sailor loves partying' is the wordplay.
'sailor' becomes 'ab' (abbreviation for able seaman).
'partying' indicates anagramming the letters (I've seen 'parties' mean this (the letters move or party around)).
'loves' with letters rearranged gives 'solve'.

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(Other definitions for absolve that I've seen before include "Exculpate" , "Declare (someone) blameless" , "free of error" , "Discharge" , "Free (a person) from guilt" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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