NE, symbol for neon, intrudes in normal phrases yielding strange ones GOOD ONES: Moniker on a box of pasta?
PENNE-NAME [pen name] Kangaroo from a lab?
CLONED-HOPPER [clod hopper] Cops' disagreement?
FINEST-FIGHT [fist fight] "No military bigwigs allowed!"?
BRASS-BANNED [brass band] Slanted column
OPED [are all opinions by definition slanted? --- mine aren't
] Mind reader?
EEG Rock or metal
GENRE [never realized the basic nature of these music terms] Level or bevel
TOOL [I thought TRIM, which would fit but was wrong] BTW:
SALSAS [salsa is a sauce and does not connote condiment]
Cold explosion? ACHOO [less an explosion than "expression," which would make a better clue]
Speaking of OUTRE, ARI shipping is certainly that.
The title "Neon Lightness" is a stumper for me. It seems NE is added to phrases so in a sense they, the phrases, would not be "light" or missing something. Perhaps the suggestion is that NE "lights" up the phrases by its intrusion.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun