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Most of story is prior to fellow's charm (8)


I believe the answer is:


'charm' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'most of story is prior to fellow's' is the wordplay.
'most of' means to remove the last letter.
'story' becomes 'tale' ('tale' can be a synonym of 'story').
'prior to' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'fellow' becomes 'man' (I've seen this before**).
'tale' with its final letter removed is 'tal'.

(Other definitions for talisman that I've seen before include "Lucky thing" , "Object supposed to guard against evil" , "Object believed to protect wearer" , "Protective charm" , "It's said to be a protection against evil" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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