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

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ageing

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'as at the outset with development in egg?' is the definition.
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'as at the outset with development in egg?' is the wordplay.
'at the outset' indicates taking the first letters.
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'development' indicates anagramming the letters.
The first letter of 'as' is 'a'.
'in'+'egg'='inegg'
'inegg' with letters rearranged gives 'geing'.
'a'+'geing'='AGEING'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for ageing that I've seen before include "no longer fresh", "rather old", "Growing older", "Elderly", "process of development", "Getting old", "Getting older", "Growing old", "Declining" and "getting more advanced?".)

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