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Swindle flourished: moneylenders flee (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

flimflam

Here is my best explanation:

'swindle' is the definition.

(flimflam is a kind of swindle)

'flourished moneylenders flee' is the subsidiary indication.

'flourished' becomes 'fl' (I've seen this in other clues).

'moneylenders' becomes 'imf' (International Monetary Fund).

'flee' becomes 'lam'.

'fl'+'imf'+'lam'='flimflam'

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for flimflam that I've seen before include "rot", "swindle", "Deception - nonsense" and "deception".)

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