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Lost no time putting up for election (3)


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'lost' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both related to competing as well as being past participle verbs.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'no time putting up for election' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'no' could be 'n' (common abbreviation) and 'n' is present in the answer.
The remaining letters 'ra' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for ran that I've seen before include "was in charge" , "Hastened" , "Was candidate" , "Went fast" , "Organised" .)

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