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...delivering starters of black or white fish (7)


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'delivering' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are present participle verbs, I cannot understand how they can define each other.

'starters of black or white fish' is the wordplay.
'starters of' indicates taking the first letters.
'fish' becomes 'ling' (ling is a kind of fish**).
The initial letters of 'black or white' is 'bow'.

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(Other definitions for bowling that I've seen before include "Game" , "Sport" , "-- Alley; -- green" , "getting out" , "making a delivery" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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