For the first time ever, I'm reading the expert booklet in both its Moldvay and Mentzer incarnations, instead of through clones.
And I saw something quite disturbing. It's under "the art of DMing" in Moldvay and under "Overusing Dice" in Mentzer.
It says, well, it's quite shocking is what it is!! It says to do things that I have been taught through all of my contact with the OSR to be cheating, things that I have learned from experience how awesome it is to never ever do.
I have a hard time reconciling this discovery with the OSR style.