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Private hotel on lively Rome street (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

innermost

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Here is my best explanation:

'private' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'hotel on lively rome street' is the wordplay.
'hotel' becomes 'inn' (inn is a kind of hotel**).
'on' indicates putting letters inside.
'lively' indicates anagramming the letters (I've seen this in other clues).
'street' becomes 'st'.
'rome' is an anagram of 'ermo'.
'inn' placed into 'ermo' is 'innermo'.
'innermo'+'st'='INNERMOST'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for innermost that I've seen before include "Closest to the centre", "Sort of secrets", "private", "Furthest in", "farthest from border", "Private", "nearest the centre", "Deepest", "Who may have gone deepest" and "extremely intimate".)

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