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Workman excited over pieta (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

operative

'workman' is the definition.
(thesaurus)

'excited over pieta' is the wordplay.
'excited' is an anagram indicator.
'over'+'pieta'='overpieta'
'overpieta' with letters rearranged gives 'OPERATIVE'.

(Other definitions for operative that I've seen before include "Machinist - working", "Significant", "American detective", "Efficient", "Worker in manufacturing".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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