final -ANCE in two-word phrases changed to ANTS, a homonym that changes the meaning of the original phrase GOOD ONES: "Block that kick" and "Dee-fense!"?
SPORTINGCHANTS [sporting chance] Temporarily contribute helpers?
LENDASSISTANTS [assistance] Kind of a drag?
MAIN [as in "main drag": sadly I'm reminded of the horrid rock song of that name] Head lock
TRESS [oldie but goodie] Welcoming sight
? MAT [wonder if "site" would have worked] BTW:
It took me awhile to see that the -ANTS endings were homonyms for -ANCE. I suspect it might easily have been missed.
Supper preceder GRACE [note that "dinner preceder" might not work so well since dinner
tends to be more formal, more sophisticated; and, somehow, less likely to be preceded by grace. Dan has a good ear.]
I think the cluing throughout was above par --- not necessarily punny or humorous, just clever.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun