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Born and died without one being desired (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

needed

Here is my best explanation:

'desired' is the definition.

(needing is a kind of desiring)

'born and died without one' is the subsidiary indication.

'born' becomes 'nee' (**).

'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'without' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'one' becomes 'i' (roman numeral).

'died' with 'i' removed is 'ded'.

'nee'+'ded'='needed'

'being' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for needed that I've seen before include "Essential; called for", "Required, necessary", "'Wanted, required (6)'", "Was in want of", "Required or wanted", "Required; sounds like worked (dough)", "Required something essential", "Lacked something essential", "Required, lacked" and "Called for".)

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