In today's puzzle, we get an i for an i. The first word of each two-word answer ends with an i while the second word begins with an i, resulting in EYECONTACT. To wit, my favorite, SETIINSTITUTE.
This puzzle doesn't only have i's for us. I noticed a nice round number of o's in the grid, too: LOIRE, ELMO, IGLOOS, BLOT, COM, WOMB, MOOS, ASTRO, SON, ONO, SMOOTH, COOER, and ESSO, to name just a few.
Lens not forget the rest of the puzzle. I enjoyed "Became lenient" (WENTSOFT), Stabilizing part of a ship's compass (GIMBAL - you don't see *that* every Monday), the now-rare-but-formerly-everywhere ETUI (Needle case), TITO (Remember Hot Shots!?), and the difficult (for me) to parse NOWISER (Still uniformed). Apt!
One entry does get the stink eye. We generally call the upper half of a bikini a top, not a BRA. That's just the REALTY of it.