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Progress is made, some gains are lost, two steps forward and one step back -- but another week rolls around and it's Sunday Puzzle time again! This week there's an all-new JulieCrostic below the fold. As always, instructions for new puzzlers can be found in yesterday's Warm-Up Puzzle, here. Veterans and newbies, please join in!

1    expresses grievances, but festively
2    pidgin language; might it have served as Arab spring's version of Navajo code talk?
3    teachers of twenty and more

4    bigwig Silver, with Blackberry
5    noticed
6    derisive smile

7    Return of the King target
8    sign to negotiate
9    rouse the rabble

10    example of clear bay
11    scott's orchard
12    more kinglike in Iowa or further West

13    nature
14    best prepared for
15    loll by the fire with the gents

16    Shimmer Floor Wax, and Sonia Sotomayor (per nasty Uncle Pat)
17    unlike blackjack hands, breaking 22 helps win these
18    prepares for Baby

19    grammatical time signals
20    Jerry Springer was elected mayor; Geraldo considered running for this instead
21    Oracle, e.g.

22    deliver bad news in writing
23    familiar with
24    slow and hostile means of possession

A reminder -- subject lines should NOT include the answer to the clue. That way later puzzlers can set their comments to shrink and start from scratch. Thanks!

Also, I haven't read yesterday's diary, so if there are puzzles remaining from prior weeks, please feel free to post solutions to them in the comments as well.

March on, puzzlers!

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