Japanese rice bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Visual Description: Satisfied customers at: eats& sweets, 401 South Public Rd., Old Town Lafayette, CO. 80026
NOLEV = NOVEL, TCETO = OCTET, SLEONS = LESSON, DAPRAE = PARADE — Giving us: OLOLNRA
Clue/Question: As the owner of the most successful sandwich shop in town, he was this.
Answer: ON A ROLL
(And you can get that on a gluten-free roll, if you like! I don’t even know what that means, but apparently it’s a big thing with a lot of the health conscious folks, these days. To me, it sounds like I’m going to be deprived of something that I like, like: sugar-free, fat-free and sodium-free. Hey! I like my gluten! . . . I think. What the Hell is gluten again? Just gimme my damn sandwich . . . please.
The usual “quality” product, today. Nicely jumbled clue words. None were new, none required anything other than a few visual plays. I did enjoy the jumbling of “lesson”. The answer letter layout gave nothing away, and the answer itself was a cute little pun, convincingly conveyed by Mr. Knurek’s cartoon.
I want to give a small shout out to a semi-forgotten actor, who passed away this week, with very modest fanfare. Mr. Don Grady. Most people under 50 – and that’s a lot of people – are saying Who? But, us Baby Boomers remember him as Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons. Originally, he was the middle son, but after they wrote out the character of Mike, and they adopted Ernie, Robbie became the elder son. The show had a pretty long run, from 1960 to 1972, which is a little surprising because I always thought the show was a dull as dishwater. The funny thing that I noticed about the show was all the sons picked up the acting style and mannerisms of the father, played by Fred MacMurray. I don’t know if that was by design, at the director’s instruction, or if it just came naturally, out of respect and admiration for their father figure, Fred. If it happened naturally, I can’t imagine it helped Don get work after the show ended. Not exactly relevant to the hip and happenin’ early ’70s! He was a good looking guy, though, and fortunately he had success as a musician and composer. So long, Don! 68 seems too young to die, these days. Doesn’t it? Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR