placement on grid adds meaning GOOD ONES: With [HAND], verifies in advance
CHECKS [literally, CHECKS before HAND] With [MEAL and MEAL], nosh
EAT [literally, EAT between MEAL(s)] With [NOON], 1975 movie
DOG DAY [literally, after NOON] Clubs with balls
DISCOS [I thought maces] Starr-struck one?
DRUM [Ringo Starr, that is] People people: Abbr.
EDS [editors worl on the magazine People
] Nice view
MER [Nice /nees/ is a city with a view of the ocean] Opening lines?
WANT AD [openings for jobs] BTW:
One of the best of the year for its theme, clever fill, and challenge.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun