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I've seen these before somewhere (maybe here?), but they're all mixed up!

Who/what is being described by the clues below?

Consequence of a disastrous harvest
What a mathematician might do to clarify their work
Result from removing belly hairs
Criminal who upgrades photography equipment
Lobbying requests from a vessel
Murders with a knife
Fun name for a keyboard app
One way to complete a visual arts project
Be afraid of the 10th
Milwaukee team fan’s collection, maybe
Agent 47, for example
Like a debatable point
Label on a Soviet trash can, perhaps
Casual greeting to a parental unit


HINT 1

This person also smashes their mouth against a wall and hires a doggo.

HINT 2

Once you've solved the clues, you need to do something with them in order to extract a final clue that gives the final answer. You can do the same with the title clue to get the common theme among all these clues. Perhaps you should bother a male sheep about it?

HINT 3

For the first four clues, the enumerations are (4 3), (4 5), (5 3), and (6 6 4).

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  • $\begingroup$ are all the clues referring to the same object? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton May 15 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Not really, but they are all related by a category, which the final answer is also a part of $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 May 15 at 0:02
  • $\begingroup$ any letter count clues please? +1 $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton May 15 at 0:06
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    $\begingroup$ Pretty sure PiIsNot3 would have put them in if they were meant to be part of the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan May 15 at 0:06
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Patience, I'll include some as a hint if no headway is made :) $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 May 15 at 0:07
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Partial. The flavour text says that we're looking for something we've seen before "here". On this site?

Hint 2 says we should

"bother a male sheep" (nag a ram), so the solution involves changing the order of letters.

The title

"Fortune tellers have dinner" resolves to "seers sup" which in turn anagrams to "PSE users" (found by Leo).

The method, then is to

solve the crossword clue, then anagram the solution into the name of a Puzzling user. There is one extra letter in each case.

Solving the clues:

Consequence of a disastrous harvest (4 3)
none fed[1] = noedne + F

What a mathematician might do to clarify their work (4 5)
hone axiom = hexomino + A

Result from removing belly hairs (5 3)
sleek gut = El-Guest + K

Criminal who upgrades photography equipment (6 6 4)
camera change thug = Gareth McCaughan + E

Lobbying requests from a vessel
rowboat petitions[1] = TwoBitOperation + S

Murders with a knife
stabs = Bass + T

Fun name for a keyboard app
my pocket organ = Omega Krypton + C

One way to complete a visual arts project
use video = Deusovi + E

Be afraid of the 10th
fear J = jafe + R (hey, it's me! :D)

Milwaukee team fan’s collection, maybe
antler hoard[1] = Rand al'Thor + E

Agent 47, for example
hitman = athin + M

Like a debatable point
moot[1] = Tom + O

Label on a Soviet trash can, perhaps
our bin = Rubio + N

Casual greeting to a parental unit
hey mom[1] = M Oehm + Y

[1] Solved by Tom in the comments

The extra letters spell

FAKESTCEREMONY

So all that remains is to solve this final clue...could it possibly be

Phoniest Om = Phenomist + O...?

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    $\begingroup$ That's ingenious. I was really hoping that the second-to-last would be rot13(UVFGBEL), though, and that doesn't seem to fit the pattern. (And there aren't obvious sheep-botherings for most of them -- but maybe that happens later.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan May 16 at 9:14
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    $\begingroup$ Personally, a debatable point is rot13(zbbg). $\endgroup$ – Tom May 19 at 17:36
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    $\begingroup$ As said in the second clue, the title also hints at the theme: rot13(frref fhc -> CFR hfref) $\endgroup$ – Leo May 20 at 0:01
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    $\begingroup$ 5&14) rot13(Ebjobng crgvgvbaf -> GjbOvgBcrengvba + F & Url zbz -> Z Bruz + L) $\endgroup$ – Tom May 20 at 8:33
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    $\begingroup$ Unsure of the wiki-etiquette so have made my edit to resolve the final two outstanding clues: 7) rot13(zl cbpxrg ncc) and 13) rot(n ynory ba n Fbivrg genfu pna - orvat fbzrguvat funerq ol gur pbzzhar - jbhyq or 'bhe ova') $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jun 20 at 17:56
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Partial

Agent 47 for example

Hitman (as in the game)

The common theme might refer to

Computer games/programs, or professions?

Casual greeting to a parental unit

Yoda (YO+DA) if the common theme is just characters?

Random thoughts that don't seem to fit any common theme, some don't quite fit the clues: Consequence of a disastrous harvest

Famine/Hunger?

Murders with a knife

Stabs (or Stabbings if 'murders' is a noun rather than a verb)

Like an unnecessary point

Needles / Needless

Label on a Soviet trash can, perhaps

Red ... litter? (pun on red letter, bit of a stretch)

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  • $\begingroup$ Two of your answers are correct, but not the category. Keep trying! :) $\endgroup$ – PiIsNot3 May 15 at 17:41

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