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Name the Italian in the SAS (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

silas

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

'the italian in the sas' is the wordplay.
'the italian' becomes 'il' ('the' in Italian).
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'il' placed into 'sas' is 'SILAS'.

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(Other definitions for silas that I've seen before include "' - - Marner' (lit.)", "Forename of miser", "-- Marner (George Eliot novel)", "Leader of the Jerusalem Church in Acts and Paul's companion", "Uncle - (Le Fanu); - Marner (Eliot)".)

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