Wordy Wednesday 37: Anagramming and Adding 2

PENT WORDS 7 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Bo Green **
Bryce Herdt **
Christian H.P. *
Giovanni Pagano **
Izak Bulten *
Jack Bross **
James McGowan **
Joel Martin **
John Bulten **
M. Sean Molley **
Mark Tilford **
Peter Abide **
Roger Strain **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tim Harrod **

14 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

In this sequel to Adding and Anagramming (which is itself a sequel to Summing and Scrambling), use your anagramming abilities to determine which of the words clued below corresponds to which words in the grid above. As a hint, the clue numbers corresponding to those words sum to 65 in each row and each column. Ultimately, identify the fictional character which is being hinted at by the hidden 25-letter message.
1. Kitchen item
2. Age of ____ (real-time strategy game)
3. Certain marine gastropod
4. Use a baton, perhaps
5. Highly value
6. Exact
7. Encourage people to join the Army, for example
8. Gave new life to
9. Suggest
10. Illicit affair
11. Popular sport in England
12. Subwoofer, for one
13. Auction items
14. Thorny shrub
15. Honda minivan
16. Criminal
17. County seat of Sedgwick County in Kansas
18. Plain
19. Allegiance
20. Draw
21. Howie Mandel was born in its capital
22. Carson's announcer
23. Loose
24. Gods
25. Places for boarding animals

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