Initially Hidden Place to brood
COOPPayment for cash?
AXE [or any Democrat]
Theme: initial letters of theme answers spell MICKEYWhen spelled out, word that follows the beginnings of the starred answers in a memorable kids’ show theme song
MOUSE [had to read this three times to figure it out --- it’s like reading Thomas Aquinas]
Three grins = Excellent: Loved it; Two grins = Good: Enjoyed it; One grin = Satisfactory: A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Unsatisfying: No fun