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Hide and seek: extremely popular (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

skin

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.

(Other definitions for skin that I've seen before include "Scrape, as the knee", "Peel; drum head", "Outer layer of a fruit or vegetable", "Remove the outer layer", "Living tissue", "Epidermis - peel", "Flense", "Pelt", "Dermis" and "Outer layer of, eg, apple".)

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