Both Bob (as ever) and pricesformerprogressivebase are spot-on. David should have had the grace to step aside in the light of Brad's obvious expertise and commitment on the key issue of the day. That he didn't confirms my disappointment in David, who in recent years has lost all trace of crusading zeal. I too hoped maybe there was a deal for one more Price term, but am not surprised there wasn't. You know what power does to too many; I'd hoped David was an exception. Brad is.
I don't think you're playing fair. RELEASE does not mean at all what RELENT means; "bridge holdings" of TENACES sounds more like double canasta than like bridge; WATTLES are not GILLS; and TRIENTAL is way too obscure for even the crossword zealot.
You are not alone in this tendency to venture to the edge and over. All crosswords today except beginner-level ones seem determined to include one or two utterly impenetrable corners that can't be illuminated even with Google's help. That doesn't make it okay.
But at least you're not assuming your readers know very little about anything but TV shows, as many crossword publishers, too often including the NYTimes, increasingly do. Thank you greatly for that!
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