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Suggestible bachelor is drenched in beer by alpha males (8)


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'suggestible' is the definition.

'beer by alpha males' is the wordplay.
'beer' becomes 'able' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'alpha' becomes 'a' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'males' becomes 'men' (man is a kind of male).
'able' after 'amen' is 'AMENABLE'.

'bachelor is drenched in' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for amenable that I've seen before include "Open to suggestions" , "Ready to accept" , "Willing to yield or be influenced" , "Accommodating; flexible" , "Open and responsive to suggestion" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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