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As at the outset with development in egg? (6)

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I believe the answer is:

ageing

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'as at the outset with development in egg?' is the definition.

I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'as at the outset with development in egg?' is the subsidiary indication.

'at the outset' says to take the initial letters.

'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'development' indicates an anagram.

The first letter of 'as' is 'a'.

'in'+'egg'='inegg'

'inegg' is an anagram of 'geing'.

'a'+'geing'='ageing'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for ageing that I've seen before include "Growing old", "Getting old", "Getting older" and "Growing older".)

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