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Distance raced needs good energy (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

range

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Here is my best explanation:

'distance' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'raced needs good energy' is the subsidiary indication.

'raced' becomes 'ran' (running is a kind of racing).

'needs' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'good' becomes 'g' (abbreviation).

'energy' becomes 'e' (symbol in physics e.g. in Einstein's famous e=mc2).

'ran'+'g'+'e'='range'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for range that I've seen before include "Breadth (of variation)", "Vocal compass", "Compass - scope", "Span", "Grassland - variety", "Prairie", "Set < compass", "sight", "Area of variation" and "specific category".)

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