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My family is troubled, but it seems it’s been that way for some time. While some of us claim to be “shrewd businessmen”, this is sadly not the case; you could say we act in some underground operations. Time and time again, it’s the money that draws us out of our darkness, out of our safety, where a hit is put on almost every one of us. By now, we should know the danger, but I guess we lack the foresight. Personally, I’ve never seen a rat among us, but there’s definitely someone who’s turned on the family.

The question is, do you know my family?

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    $\begingroup$ If I made an answer with "no" would it be accepted? $\endgroup$ – MisterEman22 Oct 6 '15 at 18:31
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    $\begingroup$ @MisterEman22 no $\endgroup$ – Ric Oct 6 '15 at 18:41
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Answer:

I think I do.

Are you:

The Whack A Mole arcade game?

some of us claim to be “shrewd businessmen”

A reference to the American Shrew Mole?

you could say we act in some underground operations

Moles live in underground burrows.

it’s the money that draws us out of our darkness

The moles come out when money is put into the arcade game.

where a hit is put on almost every one of us

They then each proceed to be hit by a mallet

By now, we should know the danger

Seeing as it happens everytime someone plays a game..

Personally, I’ve never seen a rat among us, but there’s definitely someone who’s turned on the family.

A reference to the mole-rat?

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! You got it. I had fun making this quickie, so I'm glad it no one had to beat themselves over the head to work out an answer. $\endgroup$ – raisinghellyer Oct 6 '15 at 19:03
  • $\begingroup$ isn't the final one a reference to the human player who put a coin into the game? $\endgroup$ – Jonah Oct 7 '15 at 0:49
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Is it

Mustelidae? (Mink, shrew, weasel, etc)

“shrewd businessmen”

Straight-forward pun off shrew

we act in some underground operations

Live underground

it’s the money that draws us out of our darkness, out of our safety, where a hit is put on almost every one of us

The pelts can sell for some money

Personally, I’ve never seen a rat among us, but there’s definitely someone who’s turned on the family

Very similar to rats. Also a wordplay off of "weasel"

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  • $\begingroup$ You were definitely picking up on the right things, but alexmc just hit the nail on the head (or mole, as it were...). $\endgroup$ – raisinghellyer Oct 6 '15 at 19:04
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I know it's a long shot and I'm really reaching here, but are you:

Playing cards

Family

You can categorise them together as a family, especially face cards (the royal family)

Some of us claim to be “shrewd businessmen”

I have no idea about this one.

You could say we act in some underground operations

Illegal gambling is called "underground"

It’s the money that draws us out of our darkness

You put down money to draw cards out of the deck for yourself

Where a hit is put on almost every one of us

You "hit" in blackjack to get another card

By now, we should know the danger

Because it's a part of every card game with a deck

I’ve never seen a rat among us

Ratholing is hiding chips and removing them from play

Fuzz

'Fuzz' is reference to shuffling your hand or the desk, sometimes to preserve the initial order

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  • $\begingroup$ I like your thought process with this answer, but it definitely was not my intended answer. It certainly looks like you could have the makings of your own puzzle, though. $\endgroup$ – raisinghellyer Oct 7 '15 at 13:49

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