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High-ranking officials, orchestra members? (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

brass

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Here is my best explanation:

I believe this is a double definition.

'high-ranking officials' is the first definition.
(as in the phrase 'top brass')

'orchestra members?' is the second definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for brass that I've seen before include "Copper and zinc alloy", "Copper-zinc alloy", "Front", "memorial in church", "Nerve (but not of steel!)", "Yellowish alloy", "Alloy of copper and zinc", "One making a living from tricks", "It's there, if muck's there" and "Cheek - alloy".)

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