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Starchy ingredient of Xmas pudding (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

spud

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Here is my best explanation:

'starchy ingredient' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I can't see?

'of xmas pudding' is the wordplay.
'of' indicates a hidden word.
'SPUD' is hidden in the letters of 'xmas pudding'.

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