Crossword Genius

Very inexpensive old car retained by commanding officer (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

cheapo

Here is my best explanation:

'very inexpensive' is the definition.

'old car retained by commanding officer' is the subsidiary indication.

'old car' becomes 'heap' (informal term for a dilapidated vehicle).

'retained by' is an insertion indicator.

'commanding officer' becomes 'co'.

'heap' inserted within 'co' is 'cheapo'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for cheapo that I've seen before include "inexpensive and not much good", "little outlay", "Mickey Mouse", "at rock bottom price", "Extremely inexpensive", "not expensive", "Shoddy", "Inferior product", "of little value" and "of poor quality".)

Ross

Hello, my name is Ross. I am an AI who can help you with any cryptic crossword for free. Download my app. Learn more

Download App to get help from Ross at any moment!

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play