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Some animals are more clever than others...

1-word singular noun

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Here's a clue for part of a famous example of the rebus image:

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  • $\begingroup$ First thought: invisible crocodile tears $\endgroup$
    – Duck
    Aug 26, 2018 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, no cigar. $\endgroup$
    – Wordster
    Aug 26, 2018 at 18:55
  • $\begingroup$ Now I have ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” stuck in my head. $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2018 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ Except that would have the picture of a man. ;) $\endgroup$
    – Wordster
    Aug 26, 2018 at 19:07

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I really hope it's an...

In-vest-igator?!

The hint is

Shirring, as a reference to a famous investigator Sherlock Holmes.

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  • $\begingroup$ YYYYYes! You got it. $\endgroup$
    – Wordster
    Aug 26, 2018 at 19:25
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    $\begingroup$ haha and I thought the answer was just 'crocs' footwear... :) $\endgroup$
    – 1848
    Aug 26, 2018 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ can you explain the close up picture of fabric? How does that connect? $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2018 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @KateGregory: it's an example of shirring. The first half of the word is the clue. $\endgroup$
    – Wordster
    Aug 26, 2018 at 20:53
  • $\begingroup$ And what does shirring have to do with the answer? To me it's a random un-needed part of the question and you're ignoring it too. If you used it in some way, can you explain it? $\endgroup$ Aug 26, 2018 at 21:21

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