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A drink good for arresting one’s final degeneration (6)


I believe the answer is:


'degeneration' is the definition.
(degenerating as you age)

'a drink good for arresting one's final' is the wordplay.
'drink' becomes 'gin' (gin is a kind of drink).
'good' becomes 'g' (abbreviation).
'for arresting' indicates putting letters inside.
'final' indicates one should take the final letters.
The last letter of 'one' is 'e'.
'ging' going around 'e' is 'geing'.

(Other definitions for ageing that I've seen before include "Growing old" , "Declining" , "Elderly" , "Growing older" , "rather old" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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