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Get ready to eat, perhaps (5)


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'get ready to eat' is the definition.
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(Other definitions for ripen that I've seen before include "Become ready to harvest" , "Become mature" , "Develop fully" , "Become ready to pick" , "Become ready for picking" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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