While not a complete stranger to cryptic crosswords, I was never really good at them. Sometimes the clues make some sense after the solution is revealed and others are so cryptic they completely escape me.
1. Kick start (4) BOOT
Ok ... a bouncer may boot (kick) an unruly patron from a club, and you must boot (start) your computer before you can use it. That makes sense.
8. Collaborated on and bragged about bad grade at bad church (12) CROW(D+SOUR+C)ED
I see how 'Collaborated on' is synonymous with the correct answer CROWDSOURCED. And I can see 'bragged about' (CROWED) a 'bad grade' (D). That leaves SOUR+C somehow equating to 'church'. I don't get it. Am I missing something?
SOPA as a verb. I like it. If we were to consider the acronym as standing for "Save Our Pathetic Asses", we could also use it as an adjective. As in "Since we can't adapt to current technology, let's try to slip in a SOPA bill to dupe the masses and maintain the status quo."