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He doesn't win in a close-run race (5)


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'he doesn't win' is the definition.
The answer is a person as well as being a singular noun. This is suggested by the definition.

'in a close-run race' is the wordplay.
'in' says the answer is hidden in the clue.
'LOSER' can be found hidden inside 'close run race'.

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(Other definitions for loser that I've seen before include "Winner's opponent" , "Someone who fails consistently" , "one that's been left behind" , "Unsuccessful competitor" , "A failure, also-ran" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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