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Hide and seek: extremely popular (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

skin

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Here is my best explanation:

'hide' is the definition.

('skin' can be a synonym of 'hide')

'seek extremely popular' is the subsidiary indication.

'extremely' means to remove the middle letters.

'popular' becomes 'in'.

'seek' with its middle taken out is 'sk'.

'sk'+'in'='skin'

'and' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for skin that I've seen before include "Outer layer of a fruit or vegetable", "hide", "Personal cover?", "Flense", "Swindle", "Epidermis - peel", "Scrape, as the knee", "Outer layer of, eg, apple", "Remove the outer layer" and "Thin outer layer".)

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