Did you type a connection that was correct but not get the points you deserved? If so, sorry. The system isn't perfect. Do give yourself the extra points mentally. (There's probably no need to comment about this, unless it's constructive.)
a: Utter, absolute = stark bald blunt sheer?
I've hard "stark" (stark raving mad) and "sheer" (sheer folly) but never the other two. There's "bald-faced cheek" but that's a longer phrase and means "undisguised" not "absolute". (4 days, 16 hours ago)
CellBlock: Love the Avengers/superhero red herrings. (5 days ago)
NiceGuySi: A fun grid. Didn't get the footballers but the other groups fell into place. (5 days, 3 hours ago)