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Warning: a large branch by our cartoonist (5,4)


I believe the answer is:

alarm bell

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'warning' is the definition.

'a large branch by our cartoonist' is the wordplay.
'a large' becomes 'l'.
'branch' becomes 'arm' ('arm' can be a synonym of 'branch').
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'our' becomes 'a' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'cartoonist' becomes 'bell' (Steve Bell - famous UK cartoonist).
'larm' put after 'a' is 'alarm'.


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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for alarm bell that I've seen before include "It rings as a warning", "Ring it to signal danger", "Warning signal", "Danger signal", "Warning sound" and "Warning device".)

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