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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly opportunity to have a little fun and to get your brain in gear for the regular Sunday Puzzle.  

In an effort to attract more people to the Sunday Puzzle pool, tonight's puzzle is designed to be more appealing to Fox News fans. The clues feature two forms of deception (see clues 2 and 12). So if you've been looking for an opportunity to invite your right-leaning friends or relatives to give Daily Kos a try, tonight's puzzle is the perfect opportunity.

These warm-up puzzles are intended to be new-puzzler-friendly. So if you've never tried Sunday Puzzle before, and are scared to dive in the deep end, come on and dip your toes in here.

Let's get the party started! Here are the clues for tonight's JulieCrostic.

If you're familiar with how JulieCrostics work, have at it! If you're new and don't yet know how JulieCrostics work, you can find complete instructions in the bottom part of the diary.

Tonight's puzzle has 6 rows, with 3 answers per row.

 1. employ
 2. deception
 3. wake up

 4. kind of can
 5. single undivided entity
 6. dark

 7. Juan's title
 8. chain
 9. kind of ambition, in the movies

10. haul
11. epoxy
12. deception

13. well-known Dorothy
14. well-known Panda
15. well-known Thomas

16. scale note
17. unattractive person
18. thick lumps

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For the benefit of anyone new to Sunday Puzzle, here are the

instructions for solving a JulieCrostic

In JulieCrostics you are given a set of clues, such as these:

boilerplate example for explaining JulieCrostics
To solve the puzzle, figure out the answers to the clues and enter them into a grid of rows and columns, like so:
boilerplate example for explaining JulieCrostics
All the rows in the grid will be the same length (i.e. have the same number of answers). All the answers in a column will be the same length (i.e. have the same number of letters).  

The words in each column are one letter longer than the words in the column to its left. That's because each word in a row has all the letters of the word before it plus one new letter.  

For instance, if the clues for a row were

 1. say what's not so
 2. resting
 3. concede
then the answers might be LIE, IDLE (= LIE + D), and YIELD (= IDLE + Y)

Write the added letter in the space between the word which doesn't have it and the word which does.  For the row in the example you'd write:

1. LIE  D  2. IDLE  Y  3. YIELD

When you have solved all the clues and written down all the added letters, the added letters will form columns that spell out a message of some sort. It might be a person's name, it might be the title of a book, it might be a familiar phrase, or it might be a series of related words. Your challenge is to solve all the clues, fill in the vertical columns, and figure out what the vertical columns mean.

boilerplate example for explaining JulieCrostics
In the example given, the verticals read DAIL   YKOS.  With proper spacing and capitalization that spells out Daily Kos!
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