Parsimonious companions? (5,7)
I believe the answer is:
'parsimonious companions?' is the definition.
I don't know anything about this answer so I cannot judge whether it can be defined by this definition.
'parsimonious companions?' is the wordplay.
'parsimonious' becomes 'close' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'companions?' becomes 'friends' (companion is a kind of friend).
Can you help me to learn more?