Anyone got an idea what this could be?

It detailed visually challenged rodents (7,5)

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    – Matsmath
    Dec 13 '16 at 15:41

It's a


The visually challenged rodents are

three blind mice - according to the nursery rhyme, they got their tails chopped off (de-tailed) by a carving knife.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure how this is a proper cryptic, though. (what's the def?) $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Dec 13 '16 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Rubio The def is "It"... Still odd though. $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Dec 13 '16 at 15:03
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    $\begingroup$ This seems like a "cryptic definition" clue, which doesn't have a straightforward definition like other clue types (e.g. hidden words). I think the compiler should have indicated this with a question mark, which is convention for clues of this type, I think... $\endgroup$
    – DyingIsFun
    Dec 13 '16 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ There's no particular convention for question marks on cryptic definitions in Britain, at least. I would say normally a clue like this would go for a bit more misdirection though. Here you have to realise that "detailed" should be understood as "de-tailed", but "visually challenged rodents" isn't a misleading way of saying "blind mice", just a rather long-winded one $\endgroup$
    – aPaulT
    Dec 13 '16 at 16:25

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