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Declare to be cut off, in a wrong seat (10)


I believe the answer is:


'declare' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'cut off in a wrong seat' is the wordplay.
'cut off' becomes 'sever' (to sever is to cut).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'wrong' indicates an anagram.
'seat' anagrammed gives '[seat]'.
'sever' going within 'asate' is 'ASSEVERATE'.

'to be' is the link.

(Other definitions for asseverate that I've seen before include "State categorically" , "Solemnly declare" , "Swear" , "Solemnly say" , "Claim" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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