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German woman departs to see swindler (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fraud

Here is my best explanation:

'swindler' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'german woman departs' is the subsidiary indication.

'german woman' becomes 'frau' (I've seen this in other clues).

'departs' becomes 'd' (common abbreviation e.g. train timetables).

'frau'+'d'='fraud'

'to see' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for fraud that I've seen before include "Scam", "Cheat", "swindle", "Diddling", "Deliberate deception to gain benefit", "Deception", "Impostor", "Criminal deception", "Charlatan" and "Deceit, especially financial".)

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