The deep connection between Italy and Libya? (13)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'the deep' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both natural objects as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps you can see an association between them that I don't see?
'connection between italy and libya?' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'italy' could be 'it' and 'it' is found in the answer.
'and' could be 'n' (common abbreviation for 'and') and 'n' is found within the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...