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Top cobbler in footwear with skeletons in the closet (8)

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I believe the answer is:

scandals

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Here is my best explanation:

'skeletons in the closet' is the definition.

Although both the answer and definition are plural nouns, I can't understand how they can define each other.

'top cobbler in footwear' is the subsidiary indication.

'top' says to take the initial letters.

'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'footwear' becomes 'sandals' (I've seen this before**).

The initial letter of 'cobbler' is 'c'.

'c' put within 'sandals' is 'scandals'.

'with' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for scandals that I've seen before include "Disgraceful situations", "they're disgraceful", "Disgraceful actions, subjects of talk", "Caught wearing shoes", "Clans sad, involved in notorious affairs", "the cause of public opprobrium" and "Malicious gossip".)

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