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Regularly repair rugs, finding bugs (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'bugs' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'regularly repair rugs' is the wordplay.
'regularly' indicates alternate letters (regularly take one letter, leave next etc.).
'rugs' becomes 'wigs' (rug is a slang term for a wig).
The alternating letters of 'repair' are 'ear'.

'finding' acts as a link.


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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for earwigs that I've seen before include "eavesdrops", "Bugs", "Elongated insects", "Insects", "listens in furtively", "Eavesdrops on the insects" and "Insect with pincers".)

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