Theme clues are in chronological order. SOPHOMORESLUMP
is not an expression used in baseball for the 60 years I have been a rabid fan. There is a sophomore jinx, though; but it’s a letter short.
As for the French: Aout, ETE, frere du pere,
[which could have been clued with “Mon___”: Tati film] I guess we should be glad James doesn’t know Mandarin.
Three grins = Excellent: Loved it; Two grins = Good: Enjoyed it; One grin = Satisfactory: A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Unsatisfying: No fun