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Poach starter of scallops and duck (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

steal

Here is my best explanation:

'poach' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'starter of scallops and duck' is the subsidiary indication.

'starter of' suggests taking the first letters.

'and' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).

'duck' becomes 'teal' (teal is a kind of duck).

The first letter of 'scallops' is 's'.

's'+'teal'='steal'

This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for steal that I've seen before include "Take without permission", "bargain?", "Nick", "Take unlawfully", "Plagiarise", "bag", "Filch", "Lift - pocket", "Pilfer" and "Make off with".)

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