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Would-be poet met merry with sherry! (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

rhymester

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Here is my best explanation:

'would-be poet' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'met merry with sherry' is the wordplay.
'merry with' indicates an anagram (merry can mean drunk).
'met' anagrammed with 'sherry' can make 'RHYMESTER'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for rhymester that I've seen before include "mediocre poet", "Versifier", "Would-be poet", "Poor poet", "Writer of short poems", "Inferior poet" and "Poet".)

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