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Can it take ages to grow? (4)


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'can' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I cannot see how one could define the other.

'it take ages to grow?' is the wordplay.
'ages' can be anagrammed to 'SAGE'.
Though, I'm not sure how the anagram is indicated.

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(Other definitions for sage that I've seen before include "Aromatic herb" , "Savant" , "Clever" , "Feature of herb garden" , "cheesemongers associate with Derby" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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