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Colourful type from major hospital spoke out with intelligence (4,6)

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I believe the answer is:

grey matter

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'intelligence' is the definition.

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This clue was last seen in The Irish Times

(Other definitions for grey matter that I've seen before include "Issue lacking clear boundaries", "intellectual capacity?", "Brain tissue", "intelligence", "stuff in the head", "Brains", "The brain?" and "Intelligence; the brain".)

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