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American medico getting a half of bitter in a pub (6)


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'american medico' is the definition.
'intern' can be an answer for 'medico' (intern is a kind of medico). I'm unsure of the 'american' bit.

'a half of bitter in a pub' is the wordplay.
'a half of' suggests halving the letters.
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'a pub' becomes 'inn' (an inn is a type of pub).
'bitter' halved is 'ter'.
'ter' placed into 'inn' is 'INTERN'.

'getting' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for intern that I've seen before include "Confine the hospital doctor" , "Imprison without trial - hospital junior doctor" , "Student" , "Confine to camp" , "Incarcerate without trial - a junior hospital doctor?" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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