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Whales or crabs culled at intervals (5)


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'whales' is the definition.
(orca is a kind of whale)

'or crabs culled at intervals' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'or' is present in the answer.
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(Other definitions for orcas that I've seen before include "Killers" , "Killer whales" .)

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