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Judges locking up workers for the first time can be seen on the tapes (12)

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measurements

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'can be seen on the tapes' is the definition.

I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'judges locking up workers for the first' is the subsidiary indication.

'judges' becomes 'measures' (measuring is a kind of judging**).

'locking up' indicates putting letters inside (I've seen this in other clues).

'workers' becomes 'men' (man is a kind of worker).

'for' says to put letters next to each other.

'first' indicates taking the first letters.

The first letter of 'the' is 't'.

'men'+'t'='ment'

'measures' enclosing 'ment' is 'measurements'.

'time' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times
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