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Consumes when tea's served out (4)


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'consumes' is the definition.
(eating is a kind of consuming)

'tea's served out' is the wordplay.
'tea's' can be anagrammed to 'EATS'.
Though, I am not clear how this is indicated.

'when' is the link.

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(Other definitions for eats that I've seen before include "meal" , "Devours - food" , "Ingests" , "Is not any faster" , "Swallows food" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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