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

Parentheses around a clue mean that a letter must be omitted from the answer before it will fit in the grid. Numbers in parentheses indicate lengths of answers. An asterisk * indicates a capitalized word, and a hash mark # a foreign word.


Across

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

Down

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