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Pale sort of request (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

plea

'request' is the definition.
(I know that plea is a type of appeal)

'pale sort' is the wordplay.
'sort' is an anagram indicator.
'pale' anagrammed gives 'PLEA'.

'of' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for plea that I've seen before include "Guilty perhaps" , "Excuse - pretext" , "suit" , "Leap (anag.)" , "Appeal - with bargaining?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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