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Oh, woe is me, the creature's back
to give me certain heart attack!
He's plucking words and shifting glyphs.
What sort of devilry is this?

  1. I love the gates of hell; I’m kind of a rod (6)
  2. The apple shave already bed (6)
  3. I'm not afraid of going without food, but I do first (5)
  4. Carding is easier than growing potatoes (6)
  5. Only the worn are permitted entry to Valhalla (5)
  6. The party was lame so sever hem left (5)
  7. Marsh as an obit (5)
  8. Wouldn’t you rather have the faux fur? Think... (6)

But you, my puzzler, once before,
helped me reverse the demon's chore.
So solve again the clues and mend
this time the name of Satan's friend.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm thinking the name of the friend is printer :P $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Feb 14 '17 at 17:15
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These are all

printer's devilry clues. Instead of standard cryptics, these are sensible phrases that have had a word removed and the rest of the words respaced.

1.

I love the gates of hell; I’m kind of a Rodin nerd

2.

The apples have already been cored (found by Matt)

3.

I'm not afraid of going without food, but I do fear thirst

5.

Only the worthy men are permitted entry to Valhalla (found by Matt)

6.

The party was lame so several of them left

7.

Mars has an oval orbit (found by Will)

8.

Wouldn't you rather have the faux fur than the mink? (found by Will)

The final answer, obtained by rearranging the red letters, is:

ADVOCATE

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    $\begingroup$ You never put 7 and 8 in your answer $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Feb 15 '17 at 13:57
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2.

ENCORE
The apples have already been cored

4.

ROTTEN (Thanks to @Techidiot in TSL) Carrot tending is easier than growing potatoes

5.

THYME
Only the worthy men are permitted entry to Valhalla

7.

VALOR
Mars has an oval orbit

8.

ANTHEM
Wouldn’t you rather have the faux fur than the mink?

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