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One's in the force? You'd hope not! (5)


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'you'd hope not' is the definition.
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'one's in the force?' is the wordplay.
'one' becomes 'I' (Roman numeral).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'force?' becomes 'F' (symbol used in Physics e.g. f=ma).
'i' inserted into 'the' is 'thie'.

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(Other definitions for thief that I've seen before include "Unlawful taker" , "Burglar, say" , "Person who steals things" , "Raffles, say" , "One who steals" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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