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Searched for soup first, in tins (7)

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I believe the answer is:

scanned

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'searched' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both related to thinking as well as being past participle verbs.
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(Other definitions for scanned that I've seen before include "given thorough examination" , "Thoroughly examined" , "Glanced over" , "examined closely" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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