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Half a pint for plenty of steersmen (6)


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'steersmen' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both people as well as being plural nouns.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'half a pint for plenty' is the wordplay.
'half a' suggests halving the letters.
'for' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'plenty' becomes 'lots' (I've seen this before).
'pint' cut in half is 'pi'.

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for pilots that I've seen before include "People who guide ships going into or out of a harbour", "They fly planes or guide ships", "Aircraft operators", "They fly aircraft and guide ships into harbour", "They are licensed to fly aircraft".)

I've seen this clue in Sydney Morning Herald.
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