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The end of a nameless Italian, maybe (4)


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'the end' is the definition.
(tail is a kind of end)

'nameless italian maybe' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'italian' could be 'i' (abbreviation for Italian) and 'i' is present in the answer.
The remaining letters 'tal' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't see.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

'of a' is the link.

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(Other definitions for tail that I've seen before include "Trail (behind comet)" , "Follow - rear part of aeroplane" , "Feebler batsmen" , "Follow - dog" , "bum" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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