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Walked at an easy pace in the middle of the road (7)


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'walked' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both to do with motion as well as being past participle verbs.
Perhaps there's a link between them I don't understand?

'an easy pace in the middle of the road' is the wordplay.
'an easy pace' becomes 'amble' (I've seen this in another clue).
'in the middle of' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'the road' becomes 'rd' (abbreviation).
'amble' put into 'rd' is 'RAMBLED'.

'at' is the link.

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(Other definitions for rambled that I've seen before include "Wandered about, roamed" , "Meandered, wandered about" , "Wandered about, walking or talking" , "didn't walk straight" , "Walked about aimlessly" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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