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Here are some cryptic clues which hide a different type of puzzle. What kind of puzzle is it? Can you solve it?

  1. Apple product obscured by acid erosion (5)
  2. Yalta attendee unwell after mission (9)
  3. House pets are fantastic at sneaking in secret (4)
  4. Metal container is able to dance (3-3)
  5. Bitter retiree's heart belongs to vehicle having audio equipment (7)
  6. Group of beginners follow Latin girl to big city (7)
  7. Spirit dance expels two head honchos (7)
  8. Theatrical entertainment is bizarre bear act (7)
  9. Court pulls out to back cigarette brand (5)
  10. Communist leader with a mostly strong following (6)
  11. African predator is reportedly unfair competitor (7)
  12. Sun god carried by stylish Frenchman (6)
  13. In the common era, a top Japanese skinned a dog relative (6)
  14. Dictator leading central African republic around backwater sea (6)
  15. Gear wheel not available with carbon solution (6)
  16. Older woman in the distance removes top after incomplete hack (6)
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    $\begingroup$ is it a connect wall? $\endgroup$ – JMP Jan 30 at 14:56
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The solutions to the cryptic clues are:

  1. CIDER - a)CID ER(osion = "Apple product"

  2. CHURCHILL - CHURCH + ILL = Yalta attendee

  3. CATS - fantasti)C AT S(neaking = House pets

  4. CAN-CAN - CAN + CAN = dance

  5. CAMPARI - AMP in CAR + I = bitter

  6. CHICAGO - CHICA + G(roup) O(f) = big city

  7. CACHACA - C(h)A CHA C(h)A = Spirit

  8. CABARET - (BEAR ACT)* = Theatrical entertainment

  9. CAMEL - CAMEL(ot = OT<) = cigarette brand

  10. CASTRO - C(ommunist) + A + STRO(ng) = &lit.

  11. CHEETAH - homophone of cheater = African predator

  12. CHIRAC - CHI(RA)C = Frenchman

  13. COYOTE - (t)OYOT(a) in CE = dog relative

  14. CAESAR - SEA< in CAR = dictator

  15. COGNAC - C in COG + N/A = solution

  16. COUGAR - COUG(h) + (f)AR = older woman

The connection, ...

... as Jon Mark Perry astutely, er, pointed out in the comments, is a connect wall of:

Cider, Cachaca, Campari, Cognac – alcoholic drinks that begin with C
Churchill, Castro, Chirac, Caesar – state leaders that begin with C
Camel, Cheetah, Coyote, Cougar – quadrupeds that begin with C
Can-Can, Chicago, Cabaret, Cats – musicals that begin with C

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  • $\begingroup$ Sniped! I think your (h) should be an (e) in 16. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Jan 30 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore I'm reading it as a typo for (rot13 "PBHT(u)") $\endgroup$ – Tommy Jollyboat Jan 30 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ That makes more sense. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Jan 30 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ I'll leave the next one for you, @ChrisCudmore. Tommy is right: 16 has a typo. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Jan 30 at 17:50

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