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My beginning is a time for a leader to lead.

My middle is a type of insect seed.

My end is a talk that’s shorter than a screed.

I increased a problem that was losing all its speed.

What am I?

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I think the answer is

Reignited

My beginning is a time for a leader to lead.

Reign - the period of rule of a monarch.

My middle is a type of insect seed.

Nit - the egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect

My end is a talk that’s shorter than a screed.

TED - TED talks are usually reasonably short.

I increased a problem that was losing all its speed.

Reignited - made something such as a disagreement or worry that was disappearing grow stronger.

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  • $\begingroup$ You got it! Nicely done. $\endgroup$ – FlanMan Oct 16 at 15:14
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Well, I had a decent idea on the last two lines, and managed to hammer in something resembling a fit on the first two, so I'll just go ahead and guess

Deterioration.

My beginning is a time for a leader to lead.

In military terminology, a "det" is short for "detachment", meaning that a smaller group is sent on a special mission, so it's time for a leader to lead.

My middle is a type of insect seed.

The seeds of a strawberry (and a couple of other plants) come in an aggregate fruit called an etærio, or eterio. I think I need a bigger hammer to fit any insects in here, though.

My end is a talk that’s shorter than a screed.

An oration is a longish talk, but not as long as a screed.

I increased a problem that was losing all its speed.

Deterioration means that things start to go from bad to worse.

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