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Man of note got TE Lawrence in one (7)

I guessed the solution from the cross clues and have, what I believe, is the correct answer. Please provide an explanation.

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    – bobble
    Mar 4 at 5:06
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    $\begingroup$ This clue is in the public domain, having been used in various crosswords over the years. Here I've found it in a NZ newspaper, the Ashburton Guardian. $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Mar 4 at 8:47

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The answer I suppose you have is:

ROSSINI

Explanation:

The definition is 'man of note' - Gioachino Rossini was a famous Italian composer, a man of musical notes, so this is a cryptic definition for someone with a connection to music.

The wordplay is ROSS + IN + I, because 'John Hume Ross' was a pseudonym of T E Lawrence, 'in' is literally IN, and I is the Roman numeral for the number one.

So overall, we have:

[Man of note] = TE Lawrence (ROSS) in (IN) one (I)

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  • $\begingroup$ That is brilliant, thank you so much! $\endgroup$
    – Dave
    Mar 4 at 17:27
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    – Someone
    Mar 5 at 3:07

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