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Control signals malfunctioning if craft comes to Earth (7,6)


I believe the answer is:

traffic lights

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Here is my best explanation:

'control signals' is the definition.

'malfunctioning if craft comes to earth' is the wordplay.
'malfunctioning' indicates anagramming the letters.
'comes to earth' becomes 'lights'.
'ifcraft' with letters rearranged gives 'traffic'.
'traffic'+'lights'='TRAFFIC LIGHTS'


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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for traffic lights that I've seen before include "Illuminated road signals", "Road feature" and "Road signals".)

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