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Not quite reaching Havana? (5,3,2,5)

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I believe the answer is:

close but no cigar

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Here is my best explanation:

'not quite reaching havana?' is the definition.

I know nothing about this answer so I cannot tell whether this works.

'not quite reaching havana?' is the subsidiary indication.

I cannot quite understand how this works, but

an anagram of 'not' is 'tno' which is present in the answer.

'havana?' could be 'cigar' (I've seen this before) and 'cigar' is present in the answer.

This explanation may well be incorrect...

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for close but no cigar that I've seen before include "It's not quite good enough", "Very nearly" and "not good enough for Havana?".)

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