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Countenance a false start by the winner (4)


I believe the answer is:


'countenance' is the definition.
(I know that face is a type of countenance)

'a false start by the winner' is the wordplay.
'start' indicates taking the first letters.
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'the winner' becomes 'ace'.
The initial letter of 'false' is 'f'.

(Other definitions for face that I've seen before include "Cope with" , "celebrity" , "TV show" , "Outward appearance" , "Front -- confront" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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