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Across

1. Gathered together and summed up

  aggregated

2. Let the berry ferment to make a fine drink for summer nights

  sloe

3. KY shares a portmanteau, but not a border, w/ this Commw.

  PA

4. We put all our money into it, but no one really wants to see it (1, 4)

  a bomb

5. Abbrev. for, e.g., our introduction to Joe Gillis

  VO

6. Never odd

  even

7. The launch is imminent; all _______ go (7, 3)

  systems are

 

Down

1. A great dynasty ended in its jaws

  asp

2. It's made of molten rocks and it's before your eyes at this moment

  glass

3. Eastern game of territorial strategy

  go

4. The eye commonly does it, but the hand may too in the right circumstances

  reads

5. You can only know this stone by smashing it open

  geode

6. 5,200 of them get you a UNIVAC

  tubes

7. He or she goes to the lower depths

  diver

8. The multiplicative identity for the set of real numbers

  one

 

Can I decode a chess move from this puzzle? I wanna follow along with the game like in Through the Looking-Glass.

No, because I'm terrible at chess. If I tried to include enough information for a coherent game it would just bother readers who are good at chess, trust me.

 

What exactly is the secret non-chess-move message from Donald to Joseph and how is it encoded?

There is no answer, because

1. that's between Donald and Joseph

2. I'm terrible at math. I honestly googled "interesting facts about the number one" to try to come up with a clue for 8 Down.