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Remove top from Kenmore 101.24722300 washer

I have a mildew smell from the inside of the washer and want to remove the top to see if a piece of clothing has become trapped between the basket and the tub. How does the top come off? Do I have to remove the rear panel to access fasteners holding the top to the cabinet? Most other washers have a couple of clips in the front, and the top rotates up, hinged at the back.

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