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The Italian master cut off the miners' hero (5)


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'miners' hero' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I can't judge whether this works.

'the italian master cut off' is the wordplay.
'the italian' becomes 'la' ('the' in Italian).
'master cut off' becomes 'lor' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).

'the' is the link.

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I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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