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The first person seized by robber getting closer (7)

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I believe the answer is:

muggier

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Here is my best explanation:

'closer' is the definition.

Both the answer and definition are comparative adjectives. Maybe there's an association between them I don't understand?

'the first person seized by robber' is the subsidiary indication.

'the first person' becomes 'i'.

'seized by' indicates putting letters inside.

'robber' becomes 'mugger' ('mugger' can be a synonym of 'robber').

'i' going into 'mugger' is 'muggier'.

'getting' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Another definition for muggier that I've seen is "closer".)

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