OUT replaces IN in familiar phrases GOOD ONES: Fight over a washing machine?
LAUNDRY-BOUT [bin] Campaign oratory?
POLITICAL-SPOUT [spin] Big toe, often?
GOUT-JOINT [gin] Beligerent headliner?
SHOUTING-STAR [shining] Blasts from the past
A-TESTS Point of writing?
NIB Italian who pulled a lot of strings
AMATI [the violin maker, not the more well-known if fictional Don Corleone] Magic home
ORLANDO [both the b-ball team and the Kingdom] IV monitors
NURSES [never thought of it that way] Called a strike, say
UMPED [not a labor strike --- though umps did that once] Reward for sitting, maybe
TREAT [dogs, not child tenders] They're often pickled
SOUSES [not vegetables] Signs of fullness, briefly
SRO'S [I thought food, not theater] BTW:
In addition to the clever theme, we got a French lesson:
One before dix/NEUF
; BREST; Jacques ou
; A, in Arles/UNE; Bastille Day saison/ETE
Good things PLUSES [well, mostly --- golf and women's clothing come to mind]
Puzzle solver's smudges ERASURES [well, mostly --- many use pens]
Light gas NEON [used for lighting so this heavy gas is in a way a light gas]
Subway hangers STRAPS [yes, but you'd have to be about 70 to have seen them]
Black colors, in poetry EBONS [I'd have gone with "Blacks in poetry" --- no colors
, no comma]
Letter-shaped track T-SLOT [yes, and sometimes it's called a t-track, which has a t-slot, and which makes more sense to me]
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun