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Character of an admirer embracing a soldier (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

fagin

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Here is my best explanation:

'character' is the definition.
Both the definition and answer are singular nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I can't see?

'an admirer embracing a soldier' is the wordplay.
'an admirer' becomes 'fan' (fan is a kind of admirer).
'embracing' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'a soldier' becomes 'gi' (government issue or general issue).
'fan' placed around 'gi' is 'FAGIN'.

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard