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

Ross

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'.
'if'+'craft'='ifcraft'
'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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