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Rival finds dead bird first (7)


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Here is my best explanation:

'rival' is the definition.

'dead bird first' is the wordplay.
'dead' becomes 'late' ('late' can be similar in meaning to 'dead').
'bird' becomes 'emu' (emu is a kind of bird).
'first' says to put letters next to each other.
'late' after 'emu' is 'EMULATE'.

'finds' is the link.


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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for emulate that I've seen before include "Try to do as well as, copy", "Imitate - rival", "To rival", "Ape", "Match by imitation", "ambitious veteran", "Try to equal by imitation", "Try to be like", "Strive to equal or surpass" and "Try to equal or excel".)

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