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I found this note the other day...

Captured confidante without it returning (6)
Capricious committee accommodation after rats return (4, 7)
Absolute leader, remove fractions nearby (6)
Precious drink messed up hearing aid (7)
Blind tiger talk; naive (9)
Dark times clothing sounds of valiant struggle (10)
Yet means eternal, lose permanence (7)
Forcibly print mail contract (11)

What did this cheerful puzzler say?

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    $\begingroup$ perhaps cryptic clues tag as well? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Oct 24 '19 at 23:20
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton Thanks, fixed :) $\endgroup$ – Avi Oct 24 '19 at 23:21
  • $\begingroup$ I suggest you use "a murder" instead of "precious drink". $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 '19 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ Look at the checked answer. $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Nov 10 '19 at 11:00
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They weren't so cheerful - they said:

"I'm scared, send help"!

Clue explanations:

Title: DOUBLE TROUBLE*
1. IN(-ti<)MATE
2. STAR<+CHAMBER
3. A(-fraid)+ROUND
4. (EARD+RUM)* [indirect anagram of DEAR+RUM: note that indirect anagrams are generally not allowed]
5. SPEAK+EASY ["blind tiger" is slang for a speakeasy]
6. NIGHTDRESS ("knight duress" homophone?)
7. HOW+EVER(-lasting)
8. LETTER+PRESS

Getting the message:

The italicised letters spell: "It came nearer; I hear it rave; I'm torn apart".

The last line is the key: each of these answers is made up of two words, and can be torn apart into those separate words. IN+MATE, STAR+CHAMBER, A+ROUND, EAR+DRUM, SPEAK+EASY, NIGHT+DRESS, HOW+EVER, LETTER+PRESS. The first letters of each of these, in order, spell I'M SCARED SEND HELP.

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Further explanation for the cryptic clues (Suggestions added):

0. True blueblood made disturbance twice (6, 7)

DOUBLE TROUBLE ([def] disturbance twice; TRUE BLUEBLOOD scrambled)

  1. Captured confidante without it returning (6)

    INMATE ([def] Captured; INTIMATE for confidante without IT backwards)

  2. Capricious committee accommodation after rats return (4, 7)

    STAR CHAMBER ( ? ; RATS backwards plus ? )

  3. Absolute leader, remove fractions nearby (6)

    AROUND ([def] nearby; Absolute + ROUND)

  4. Precious drink messed up hearing aid (7)

    EARDRUM ([def] hearing aid = sonething that makes you hear; DEAR RUM scrambled)
    Suggestion: A murder messed up hearing aid? (7)

  5. Blind tiger talk; naive (9)

    SPEAKEASY ([def] underground bar; SPEAK = talk; EASY = naive)
    Suggestion: Blind tiger talk; very simple (9)

  6. Dark times clothing sounds of valiant struggle (10)

    NIGHTDRESS ([def] night dress; homophone of KNIGHT = valiant plus ? )

  7. Yet means eternal, lose permanence (7)

    HOWEVER ([def] yet = but = however; HOW for means (as a noun) plus EVERlasting)

  8. Forcibly print mail contract (11)

    LETTERPRESS ([def] contract; LETTER plus PRESS)

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