last word of a phrase is an animal with an initial P; first word of phrase also begins with P GOOD ONES
: Deer girl
DOE [okay it's a female, but it's not Dear
APER seems used only in Xwords; bet you'll never see it in print.
Utter mess SNAFU [WWII acronym: situation normal: all fouled up (expurgated version)]
Spot for a cat, or drink like a cat LAP [too bad the second clue was given; without it one might think "leopard's spot" or "jazz joint" synonym]
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun