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ripen

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for ripen that I've seen before include "Come to fruition", "Develop fully", "Grow older", "Become ready for picking", "Come to maturity like fruit", "Become ready to eat", "Become ready for harvesting", "Get ready to open", "Become mature" and "Grow to maturity like fruit".)

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