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Born and died without one being desired (6)


I believe the answer is:


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'.


'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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