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The Hindu Cryptic #13,189 | Skulldugger | 25 Across

CLUE: Small matter for an associate of Dick and Harry (4)

Clue types: cryptic, English idiom

Definition: small matter

Answers: ATOM

Clue explained:

We need a 4-letter word here that means ‘small matter’.

The indefinite article ‘an’ can be used interchangeably with its consonant counterpart A.

If you are familiar with the expression, every Tom, Dick and Harry, then you’d guess that an ‘associate of Dick and Harry’ is TOM.

And that spells ATOM, which may be a synonym for ‘small matter’ but is anything but a small subject matter!

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