Other fun clues to sink one's teeth into included the riddle-like clue "Blades that don't cut ... but that are themselves cut" (GRASS) and "Drains" for SAPS. "Flat fee?" (RENT) is cute, while "Score keeper" for MUSICSTAND is mildly amusing. I also liked the clue "Hi, in HI" (ALOHA). When reviewing the completed puzzle I enjoyed ELATE followed by DUPE. MAW is a vividly evocative word. SYNOD is fun, although probably not lit'rally.
I experienced a dip of a different sort with "Levelheaded" for SANE. Not that they aren't marginally synonomic, but I don't particularly equate the two. I thought BOO for "'That's not fair'" was a bit odd, but thought later that maybe it works in the context of a sporting event - although 'boo' seems rather on the tame side if the games I've attended recently are any indication.