first word of a phrase is an odd ordinal number GOOD ONES: FIRST through NINTH are in order on the grid. Lose on purpose?
DIET [this "stumper" got through by accident, no doubt] BTW:
Sorry today was rather a waste of your time, but Mon. and Tues. tend to be uninspiring.
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun