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Declare a saintly brew of tea! (5)


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'declare' is the definition.
(I know that declare is a more specific form of the action state)

'a saintly brew of tea' is the wordplay.
'a saintly brew' becomes 'st' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'of' indicates an anagram (the answer comes from or 'of' the letters).
'tea' is an anagram of 'ate'.

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(Other definitions for state that I've seen before include "Say; country" , "Claim" , "Speak" , "Condition of country." , "Government; say" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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