Crossword Genius

Parsimonious companions? (5,7)


I believe the answer is:

close friends

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'parsimonious companions?' is the definition.
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'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).
'close'+'friends'='CLOSE FRIENDS'

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