Crossword Genius

Restore control, say (9)


I believe the answer is:


'restore' is the definition.
(reinstating is a kind of restoring)

'control say' is the wordplay.
'control' becomes 'rein' (rein is a kind of control).
'say' becomes 'state' ('state' can be a synonym of 'say').

(Other definitions for reinstate that I've seen before include "Restore, put back" , "Put back in position" , "Restore to a former condition" , "Restore to former post" , "Put back into office" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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