Acted like a rat
SANG [mixing slang of generations]Pre-bedtime fare
NEWS [I was thinking snacks or reading]Cost of freedom?
NEON [Las Vegas Strip]Caterpillar's creation
TENT [I thought big machines, but it's the lothesome nests that spawn the leaf-chewing insects]Hot Christmas staple
YULELOG [I thought toddies, etc.]They have highs and lows
TIDES [not bipolars, elevators, or yo-yo's]
THEME: "He gone!" [Hawk Harrelson's dumb call after a strikeout]Like fingerpainters?
YOUNGATART [Actually there was a "Young at Art" contest in New York City when I was a child. I won a medal before it became apparent that the judges were too precipitous in judging my watercolors ability.]
Sans___: carefree SOUCA
Alencon's department ORNE [In English we have the expression cottage orne, which were in the Victorian style --- I think.