THEME: "Oh, No!"
title means there is a missing O which changes the meaning of a phrase GOOD ONES: "$%*#& computer!"?
CRASH C(O)URSE Short anchor?
C(O)URT REPORTER [I thought it was Bob Costas] Spillane's inspiration?
MICKEY M(O)USE Like PETA members?
DOWN ON ALL F(O)URS Well-mannered sisters?
PROPER N(O)UNS Sugar daddy?
F(O)UNDING FATHER Way up
HIGH [as in "way up there"] Takedown expert?
STENO [I thought judo, etc.] Flash mob?
PAPARAZZI [indeed---that's why they should be illegal] Mug at a bar
STEIN [I thought "goon"] Batting organ
EYE Chain with popcorn
LOEWS [seems my granddaughter had one] One whose efforts were feudal
SERF [not "futile"] BTW:
Prior to A.D. BCE [I really dislike this term, meaning "before the common era." Was the previous era uncommon? What then does A.D. stand for in this lexicon? Silly anti-Christian jargon.]
More than dull DRY AS DUST [never really understood this simile --- here DRY is bad, but weather-wise and oenologically it's good --- so what makes dry a pejorative?] ESSA
is only Italian and ETE
[it will be hard to top this one]
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun