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Rather it'd been bad than sub-standard (5-4)


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'sub-standard' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'rather it'd been bad' is the wordplay.
'rather it'd' can be anagrammed to 'THIRD-RATE'.
However, I am not sure how the anagram is indicated.

'than' is the link.

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(Other definitions for third-rate that I've seen before include "Very inferior in quality, using ordinal number" , "Very inferior in numerical way" , "Of very poor quality" , "Very inferior in quality in numeric description" , "Very inferior in quality - count down" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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