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Trudge along, finding answer during journeys east (7)


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'trudge along' is the definition.
'traipse' can be an answer for 'trudge' (I've seen this in another clue). I'm not certain of the 'along' bit.

'answer during journeys east' is the wordplay.
'answer' becomes 'a' (abbreviation eg in Q and A).
'during' indicates putting letters inside.
'journeys' becomes 'trips' (trip is a kind of journey).
'east' becomes 'E' (synonyms).
'a' put into 'trips' is 'traips'.

'finding' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for traipse that I've seen before include "Trudge around" , "Tedious walk" , "Plod - trek" , "Walk heavily" , "Pirates (anag) -- walk without 9" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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