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Can you solve the clues and work out how these things can get themselves back? Word lengths refer to the solutions before restoration to their original selves.

  1. African hill. Yours truly, French (5)
  2. All right, hey (4)
  3. An interface for computer program (5)
  4. A nocturnal creature (4)
  5. Article hard to come by (5)
  6. Before vehicle (6)
  7. Criticize best grade, well below average (8)
  8. Duke (9)
  9. Everyone put up here (6)
  10. Fool's gold (5)
  11. Iceland good as in France (5)
  12. In that case, son (5)
  13. I yearn, I and others (7)
  14. Me and the rest whip (5)
  15. Muppet to swing round (7)
  16. Opposing earlier (7)
  17. Pardon extended (5)
  18. Sail away with one (7)
  19. Show off wide sash (6)
  20. That so male principle (8)
  21. Tipsy cake not quite fresh (6)
  22. Tree county (7)
  23. Uncovered crone with measure for printer (9)
  24. Varsities (4)
  25. Working teacher (5)
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  • $\begingroup$ If these are cryptic clues, I believe it's a common thing to add the numbers of letters of the words corresponding. $\endgroup$ – IAmInPLS Sep 30 '16 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I'll do that. $\endgroup$ – paolo Sep 30 '16 at 11:31
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I think these are

capital cities with initial letter omitted; i.e., capitals without their capitals, hence the title.

And here they all are. (Some done by Joe in comments; thanks, Joe.)

African hill. Yours truly, French (5)

(S)KOPJE [Joe, comments]

All right, hey (4)

(T)OKYO [Joe, comments]

An interface for computer program (5)

(B)ANGUI

A nocturnal creature (4)

(R)ABAT

Article hard to come by (5)

(H)ARARE

Before vehicle (6)

(Y)EREVAN

Criticize best grade, well below average (8)

(I)SLAMABAD [found concurrently by Joe in comments]

Duke (9)

(W)ELLINGTON

Everyone put up here (6)

(T)ALLINN

Fool's gold (5)

(N)ASSAU [Joe, comments]

Iceland good as in France (5)

(L)ISBON [Joe, comments]

In that case, son (5)

(A)THENS

I yearn, I and others (7)

(L)ILONGWE [Joe, comments]

Me and the rest whip (5)

(M)USCAT

Muppet to swing round (7)

(B)ELMOPAN

Opposing earlier (7)

(S)ANTIAGO [Joe, comments]

Pardon extended (5)

(T)EHRAN

Sail away with one (7)

(D)JIBOUTI

Show off wide sash (6)

(N)AIROBI [Joe, comments]

That so male principle (8)

(P)YONGYANG

Tipsy cake not quite fresh (6)

(M)BABANE

Tree county (7)

(T)ASHKENT [Joe, comments]

Uncovered crone with measure for printer (9)

(C)OPENHAGEN [Joe, comments]

Varsities (4)

(T)UNIS

Working teacher (5)

(L)ONDON

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  • $\begingroup$ Gareth McCaughan: Well done, this is correct. Can you explain what the title means? $\endgroup$ – paolo Sep 30 '16 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ capitals without capitals $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 30 '16 at 12:20
  • $\begingroup$ I'm just deleting out my comments as they get moved into the post. You got the connection so I'm just filling in blanks at this point :P $\endgroup$ – Joe Sep 30 '16 at 12:23
  • $\begingroup$ OK, added some more of yours and mine $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 30 '16 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ Just four left to do. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 30 '16 at 12:36

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