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The answer to this puzzle is a list of ten thematically related words or proper names or phrases. Each of these is clued cryptically, and the theme is to be determined. Since the definition part of a cryptic clue would give away the theme, these cryptic clues use a family member (e.g., mom, sister) to stand in for the definition part of the clue. So for example, if the theme of the puzzle were chemical elements, "Sister picking at nit" would clue "tin". Clues are sorted with answers in alphabetical order, and lengths of each answer are given with the clues. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Brother is salty: water giant mangled a piercer (10)
  2. Daughter is force in Olympic sport, placing third in curling (6)
  3. Pa taking in woman at last, firstly conditionally emancipating son (7)
  4. Sister care-free after cut-down (7)
  5. Approach store with Mom (4)
  6. "Oklahoman banking the domain of Switzerland", insinuates Grandpa (8)
  7. Nephew floats where waters come together (5)
  8. Pa taking in woman at last, firstly conditionally emancipating son (4)
  9. Uncle to dispose hoof, chine, head after decapitating climbing goat (5)
  10. Wife to steer left or right? Left (4)
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These are

types of sailboats (as clued by the title - sailboats need wind)

Clues:

Brother is salty: water giant mangled a piercer (10)

BRI(GANTI)*NE (thanks @jafe)

Daughter is force in Olympic sport, placing third in curling (6)

LUG(G)E + R

Pa taking in woman at last, firstly conditionally emancipating son (7)

P(IN + _N)A + C_ E_

Sister care-free after cut-down (7)

LOP< + CARE* for POLACRE (thanks @jafe)

Approach store with Mom (4)

apPROAch (Thanks @El-Guest)

"Oklahoman banking the domain of Switzerland", insinuates Grandpa (8)

S(CH)OONER

Nephew floats where waters come together (5)

SLOOP as in POOLS< (thanks jafe)

Pa taking in woman at last, firstly conditionally emancipating son (4)

SNO*+W (thanks jafe)

Uncle to dispose hoof, chine, head after decapitating climbing goat (5)

headless IBEX< + _E + C_ = XEBEC

Wife to steer left or right? Left (4)

YAW+L

Note: Should I community wiki this answer because I didn't do most of the work?

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    $\begingroup$ Second last one is rot13(LNPUG). $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Jun 9 '20 at 15:46
  • $\begingroup$ First one's rot13(OEV(TNAGV*)AR). $\endgroup$ – Jafe Jun 9 '20 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ @El-Guest: I had guessed that based on the enumeration but couldn't figure out the wordplay $\endgroup$ – Forgotten_User Jun 9 '20 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe: thanks! though what does rot13(n cvrepre) have to do with it? $\endgroup$ – Forgotten_User Jun 9 '20 at 15:50
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    $\begingroup$ You had an edit for a four letter word for “Pa taking in woman...” that you deleted. I think you’ll find that word directly in the “Approach store with Mom” clue... $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Jun 9 '20 at 16:01

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