An Author Thing Coming Music box?
CDCASEBetter part of a loaf?
Theme: Names of authors in phrasesPeople who recite “Jabberwocky” door-to-door?
CHRISTMASCARROLLERSFictional tornado shelter?
BAUMSHELTER [particularly apt in The Wizard of Oz
]Periods when Harry Potter books are unavailable?
ROWLINGBLACKOUTSNot as hard to pronounce as some 17th-century poetry?
Crossing LEWIS and WILDE seems a bit unsporting since the clues are book titles. Mystery writer John Dixon ___
CARR [Would “Today’s theme vehicle” work?]Dashingly?
ATARUN [Isn’t the idiom “on a/the run”?] Excellent server
ACER [Another constructor who just looks at lists of clues rather than thinking --- or reading this space] Stroked
SWAM [though one strokes during the process of swimming, the two are not synonymous]
The theme was so good that it overcomes the flaws.
Three grins = Excellent: Loved it; Two grins = Good: Enjoyed it; One grin = Satisfactory: A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Unsatisfying: No fun