Andy, I agree with everything except the part about over exposure. I do not find that to be too much of an issue once you get the development time down.
I haven't found the develpment time to be a problem with straight Xtol. My replenished time is 7' at 70 degrees vs about 6' for fresh undiluted. I'm perfectly content with my replenished developers, but had wanted to find a 1:1 time to share. My initial 1:1 trial was so far off I didn't have the energy to explore it, so just worked for an undiluted time for fresh to match my replenished (I was curious anyway how my stock was holding up).
I think some of the apparent finickiness of the film is from general underexposure. Once you get enough exposure, the development isn't as hard to sort out; and once you get the development sorted out, overexposure isn't a big deal (up to maybe a stop or a bit more). Highlight detail holds well, but as Richard indicated, the shadows go away very quickly.
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