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A farce, race had to be fixed (7)

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I believe the answer is:

charade

'a farce' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'race had to be fixed' is the wordplay.
'to be fixed' indicates an anagram.
'race'+'had'='racehad'
'racehad' anagrammed gives 'CHARADE'.

(Other definitions for charade that I've seen before include "Farce - mime", "Farcical pretence", "An absurd pretence, or a guessing game", "absurd behaviour", "Ludicrous pretence".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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