OK, I give up.
I removed the muffler & the cylinder was exposed. No clogging going on.
I also totally stripped down the carburetor & cleaned it, plus clipped 1/4" from the end of the fuel line just to be sure of a tight fit to the carburetor fitting. I didn't totally strip it before, just removed the "top" parts & sprayed it thoroughly with carburetor/choke cleaner, let it sit overnight & then blew it out. Previously, I didn't strip the carburetor completely because I was afraid of damaging a gasket, or something & since these parts are no longer made/available according to a local Homelite dealer, I didn't want to take the chance. This time, with nothing to lose I took everything apart & sprayed & soaked it again with carburetor/choke cleaner. I have to admit there was still a lot of fine particles that flushed out. Blew it dry & tried to start it - nothing. Poured a teaspoon of gas into the plug hole & it started barely, after ~ 10 pulls, but wouldn't continue to run when giving it some gas. Continued to try & gave up. Checked the spark with a 1/4" screw in the plug boot & it did jump the 1/4" to the housing, although it didn't appear to be a strong spark. Nevertheless it did jump the gas.
I'm done - had the Homelite Super EZ start (really?) for ~ 40 years. Guess it's time for a new saw. Thinking of the Stihl MS 180 C-BE 16" saw.
Every thought that enters one's mind, doesn't have to exit one's mouth.
I find as I age I'm losing my memory.... and that's a load off my mind!