last letter of a two-word phrase is E; first letter of second word Z GOOD ONES: This crossword, literally for some, phonetically for all
EASY PUZZLE Shepard in space
ALAN Made a hue turn?
DYED Short market lines?
UPC [bar code] Hit a Target?
SHOP [note capital T] Head of Paris?
TETE Big one on set, perhaps
Pound and Eliot in the same puzzle is a nice touch. Stravinsky and Ibsen also tap our prouder culture, but then there's "Scooby-Doo" and The Zombies --- to keep from being too stodgy I suppose. At least I wasn't asked to name a rap star.
Mechanic, at times GREASER [yes, but with Wednesday morning quarterbacking I thought Vinnie Barbarino or The Fonze might have been richer --- maybe "Pomade user" or "Jersey Shore progenitor"]
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun