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Tested guided missile power at first (7)

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I believe the answer is:

sampled

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Here is my best explanation:

'tested' is the definition.

Although both the answer and definition are past participle verbs, I don't understand how one could define the other.

'guided missile power at first' is the subsidiary indication.

'guided' becomes 'led' ('lead' can be a synonym of 'guide').

'missile' becomes 'sam' (SAM is an example).

'power' becomes 'p'.

'at first' means one lot of letters go next to another.

'sam'+'p'='samp'

'led' after 'samp' is 'sampled'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for sampled that I've seen before include "Tried", "Tasted" and "tried".)

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