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Series of low very low grades deciding contests (7)

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I believe the answer is:

runoffs

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Here is my best explanation:

'deciding contests' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both acts as well as being plural nouns.
Perhaps you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'series of low very low grades' is the wordplay.
'series' becomes 'run' (run is a kind of series).
'low very low grades' becomes 'fs' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'run'+'of'+'fs'='RUNOFFS'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Another definition for runoffs that I've seen is "races to find resolution".)

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