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About forty days in a little garden, relaxing (9)


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'relaxing' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are present participle verbs, I can't understand how one could define the other.

'about forty days in a little garden' is the wordplay.
'about' becomes 're' ('re' means regarding or about).
'forty days' becomes 'lent' (Lent is a 40-day fast in Christianity).
'a little' says to take the initial letters.
The initial letter of 'garden' is 'g'.

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(Other definitions for relenting that I've seen before include "Becoming less severe" , "Giving way" , "Showing less severity" , "Letting up" , "Growing less severe" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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