Raising the Bar Ring leader?
DON [I thought DAD --- hat a dope!]Lower land?
LEA [cattle low there]One making big bucks?
NOELObeyed a court order
ROSEIronically, they may be even
ODDSTurkey diner, probably
ASIAN [not dinner]Prepare to be shot
SMILETrouble spots for teens
Theme: grid and meaning join in that the three blocks immediately in front of or behind answers stand for the word BAR, and BAR plus the answer can make a rational phrase.
GRANOLA, OXYGEN, SALAD, MITZVAH, HARBOR, GRAPH “I didn’t need to know that!”
TMI [oh, oh! Now texting abbreviations are not only asked but nothing in the clue tells us it’s a texting term. Even though this was one of the three I know, I’m toast!] Popular rubbers
TOTES [We don’t use the term rubbers much anymore to mean boots or even erasers; it is reserved for condoms. So for all the hyper-sensitive among us: OMG!]This was a gem!
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun