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Musician's device satisfied small number in capital (9)


I believe the answer is:


'musician's device' is the definition.
(I know that a metronome is a typically used by a musician)

'satisfied small number in capital' is the wordplay.
'satisfied' becomes 'met' (as in 'met the conditions of his contract').
'small number' becomes 'no' (abbreviation for 'number'; 'small' suggests an abbreviation).
'in' indicates putting letters inside.
'capital' becomes 'Rome' (capital of Italy).
'no' inserted within 'rome' is 'ronome'.

(Other definitions for metronome that I've seen before include "Device to indicate tempo" , "Device for keeping time" , "Pendulum to indicate tempo of music" , "Musician's time device" , "Musical timekeeper" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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