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The partners, sensing your conservative bias, come to a consensus: We'll play it safe and sit tight for the time being.
Of course, you can play it safe by using paper towels to wipe up juices from raw meat, fish, or poultry.
There were plenty who chose to play it safe, perhaps spooked by the McCarthyite attack that greeted Edwards (though oddly no one chose Robert Caro--I figure the book's too long to finish).