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He served up pork pies, very good dumplings (without starter) and duck (9)

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pinocchio

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Here is my best explanation:

'he served up pork pies very' is the definition.

I know nothing about this answer so I can't judge whether this works.

'good dumplings without starter and duck' is the subsidiary indication.

'good' becomes 'pi' (I've seen this in other clues**).

'dumplings' becomes 'gnocchi' (I've seen this before).

'without starter' means to remove the first letter.

'and' says to put letters next to each other.

'duck' becomes 'o'.

'gnocchi' with its first letter taken away is 'nocchi'.

'pi'+'nocchi'+'o'='pinocchio'

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for pinocchio that I've seen before include "dishonest puppet", "Fairytals puppet who became a boy", "Wooden puppet, brought alive", "Nose-growing puppet", "Puppet with growing nose", "Disney film" and "Wooden puppet, prone to lying".)

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