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Father yards behind Penny on foot ahead (6)


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'father yards behind penny on foot ahead' is the definition.
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'penny on foot ahead' is the wordplay.
'penny' becomes 'p' (short for pence).
'on' becomes 're' ('on' can be mean 'with reference to').
'foot' becomes 'pay' (as in footing the bill).
'ahead' says to put letters next to each other.

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(Other definitions for prepay that I've seen before include "Remit for something before receiving it" , "Give money (for goods) in advance" , "Offer retainer" , "settle early" , "Fork out in advance of delivery" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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