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Chatty fellow countryman digesting a lot of poetry (14)


I believe the answer is:


'chatty' is the definition.

'fellow countryman digesting a lot of poetry' is the wordplay.
'fellow countryman' becomes 'conational'.
'digesting' indicates putting letters inside.
'a lot of' means to remove the last letter (I've seen 'lots of' mean this (the majority of the word)).
'poetry' becomes 'verse' (synonyms).
'verse' with its last letter taken off is 'vers'.
'conational' going around 'vers' is 'CONVERSATIONAL'.

(Other definitions for conversational that I've seen before include "Like chatting" , "relaxed" , "Fond of a chat" , "a manner of speaking" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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