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Read on to figure out how to solve clues like... ‘A couple of small streets’ staff (5)’

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A couple of small streets’ staff (5) CLUE:

Clue explained:

: abbreviation, cryptic Clue types

: staff Definition

: AnswerSTAVE

We need a 5-letter word that means ‘staff’.

‘A couple of’ cryptically indicates that we need to different variants of synonyms for the word ‘streets’. These could be STREET and AVENUE.

‘Small’ is an abbreviation indicator that tells us to find short forms for STREET and AVENUE. These are ST and AVE.

And that spells STAVE, another word for ‘staff’, the basic framwork in western musical staff notation!

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