a pretty grid...nice stacks...a GAY PARADE...a HARD MAN. Thx, Raymond C. Young, and thx, Will, for nudging NYT CWP culture a little bit away from its Victorian roots, which were still pretty well-rooted in my Maleska-era constructing days.
Minor point of pride in not googling anything on the proper noun-heavy NE...PLANO yielded perhaps from the depths of HS Spanish and the rest followed. Liked the Sudoku ENNEADS clue...teased me w/ a hint of logic.
Rex is grumpy. Wish I could do grumpiness as well as he can...Metarex is prone to prissy reactivity rather than to the genuine article.
Wordworth is using ellipsis, no? "The strain seemed doubly dear; yet [it was as] SAD AS [it was] SWEET."