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Team up with the children and take part in the controversy (4,5)


I believe the answer is:

join issue

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'take part in the controversy' is the definition.
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'team up with the children' is the wordplay.
'team up with' becomes 'join' (I've seen this in another clue).
'the children' becomes 'issue' (issue can mean someone's offspring).
'join'+'issue'='JOIN ISSUE'

'and' acts as a link.

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