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Puzzle #153 February 2014  "Portrait of the Artist II"

Instructions: Guess the words defined by the cryptic clues (answers vary in length from three to eight letters, seven are capitalized, and one is foreign) then enter them in the grid one after another in the same order as their clues, starting in the upper left corner. Across words that don't end at the right continue on the next row, and down words that don't end at the bottom continue in the next column. Four across words and four down words won't fit in the grid unless one of their letters is omitted. Those eight letters, taken in order as they occur in across and down words, spell a two-word phrase related to six unclued words hidden in the grid. Thanks to Kevin Wald for test-solving and editing this puzzle. If you are having trouble printing these puzzles, you can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the puzzle and grid. [Want to see some hints?]

Across

  1. Mom's beginning to trade nuts for pigs
  2. Act wise in the amount you take
  3. Women, say, find it hard to decide
  4. Operator embraces muse
  5. Lad wins heart of aged spirit
  6. Outcome, lacking heat capacity, plus energy, will be without force
  7. The old men of an Arab country
  8. Mix iron with sulfur to get colophony
  9. Gold and aluminum for the mouth
  10. Attractiveness of wager about gold you initiated
  11. Contemptuous of southern island having no leader left
  12. Frighten Al with weapon
  13. Velociraptor's gotten places
  14. Angry about Charlie's rating
  15. A hallucinatory experience in stripes
  16. Father in talk taking one time-out
  17. Something inclined to talk about men
  18. John Ellery's middle name
  19. Disperse treats laced with a bit of chocolate
  20. Koala moving around tree
  21. Monk has taken one from instrument maker
  22. Foolish, wild Annie
  23. Stroke gently after removing a plant
  24. Understood: "leave town"
  25. Look lively for king
  26. Prelate departed with raised spirits

Down

  1. Silent about nag breaking bottle
  2. Holy one in time becomes father for child
  3. Prevent state initiation of taxation
  4. Left primate with large part of collar
  5. Cheap seats surrounding building projection
  6. Ma's toy
  7. Flat design by Earl
  8. Hardy heroine holds rare lock
  9. Clan's leader, before collapse of realm, is more at peace
  10. Inadequacy of ineffectual edict aboutFranceandItaly
  11. Cook's fricassée is very popular
  12. Grenoble's inner city
  13. Positive aboutEcuadorbeing safe
  14. Astor deciphered Latin palindromic square
  15. Jalopy's speed after beginning to cruise
  16. In time to come, harried Walter's wife will leave
  17. Direction of minor theatricals
  18. Pouch found in Rosaceae
  19. Growth of young artist started as a painter
  20. Bahnhof rathskeller's a place where college guys hang out
  21. Italian family of wine stewards
  22. A ringer for Ellis
  23. Failing regime making one error become apparent
  24. Marsupial uterus has a temperature
  25. False pride about nothing is a stretch