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Fish people oddly want? (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pollack

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Here is my best explanation:

'fish' is the definition.
(pollack is a kind of fish)

'people oddly want?' is the subsidiary indication.
'oddly' means one should take alternating letters.
'want?' becomes 'lack' (wanting is a kind of lacking).
The alternate letters of 'people' are 'pol'.
'pol'+'lack'='pollack'

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for pollack that I've seen before include "Fish of the cod family" and "Food fish of the cod family".)

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