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Root beer tree top (3)
Second half popular chocolate wafer (3)
Chemical engineer cv (3)
First tough bite returned pale(3)

Not a very tough or clever one, but hopefully sound. The answers combined explain the (not cryptic) title.

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    $\begingroup$ These are not cryptic clues; apart from the last one they have only one "route" to the answer rather than the two (definition and wordplay) required for a cryptic clue. That's not necessarily a problem; note that Sconibulus was able to solve them all reasonably quickly, and the way in which they are combined provides the missing cross-checking. But it does mean that the cryptic-clues tag is of doubtful application here. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 14 '16 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan, heard and noted. The other one that might have qualified you pointed out a missing operation. Thanks. $\endgroup$ – John Sep 14 '16 at 17:28
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Root beer tree top (3)

references Sassafrass. Making the first three letters SAS

Second half popular chocolate wafer (3)

referencing Kit-Kat, so next three letters KAT

Chemical engineer cv (3)

Major often displayed in course books as CHE, imagine it would show up that way on a CV too.

First tough bite returned pale(3)

least confident of this clue, but pale and WAN are synonyms, and that makes the final word work.

Making the final word

Saskatchewan, a reasonably large, relatively sparsely populated province in Canada, home to such large animals as Moose, Bear, and Bison

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  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps "First tough bite ..." is GNAW without its first letter, backwards. Though I don't quite see what indicates that the first letter is to be removed. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 14 '16 at 16:11
  • $\begingroup$ How is Saskatchewan a place for large creatures?? Isn't it only a small city in Canada?? $\endgroup$ – Sid Sep 14 '16 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid It's a reasonably sized province in Canada, actually, I think it has Moose and Bears and stuff. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Sep 14 '16 at 16:21
  • $\begingroup$ So, what Gareth said about gnaw (and the unintentional absence of removed letter) was supposed to be the idea. I was trying to make a Sasquatch/Bigfoot reference, but Saskatchewan isn't as well known for Bigfoot sightings as I thought. Good work Sconibulus. (oh, and after further reading I was not thinking the province was named after Sasquatch or vice-versa :) $\endgroup$ – John Sep 14 '16 at 17:27

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