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Tree beginning to mature fast (4)


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Here is my best explanation:

'fast' is the definition.

('firm' can be a synonym of 'fast')

'tree beginning to mature' is the subsidiary indication.

'tree' becomes 'fir' (fir is a kind of tree).

'beginning to' indicates taking the first letters.

The initial letter of 'mature' is 'm'.


This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for firm that I've seen before include "Steady commercial organisation?", "Company - solid", "Unyielding business concern?", "Company; unyielding", "Resolute; company", "Steady kind of business", "Tight; company", "'Solid, unyielding (4)'", "Organization" and "Secure - business partnership".)


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