Small complaint: I don't like the use of a period (".") at the end of every clue. For some reason, it is quite distracting to me, and perhaps a tad misleading. I think that only a clues that is a complete sentence should end with a period.
Thanks! I hadn't really thought about it, had just been putting periods at the ends of clues sort of automatically.
You're right, periods really don't belong at the end of clues which are only phrases. In the future, I'll leave them off.
By the way, something I meant to do Sunday but forgot is post a link to the Daily Kos diary which includes this crossword
as well as several other puzzles. Part of the challenge with this crossword is identifying the 12 answers which, read in a proper order, give three new answers which are clues to (and clued by) the solutions to the other puzzles.