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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:35 AM


That was a fun WP, Al. Great job, as usual!

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:40 AM

Like this a lot! I was young when he was popular. I didn't think he was quite my cup of tea, but I liked him anyway.

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:42 AM

Enjoyed your Wordpuzzle, Al! Thanks! I remember him and his wife, Miss Vicki, appearing on the Johnny Carson show.


Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 12:06 PM

FIVE count them typos and I still really enjoyed the puzzle. Well done Al!


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 2:49 PM

You write a good puzzle Al!

Collioure  (Level: 115.4 - Posts: 9952)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 2:53 PM

Very much fun. I remember him well tho I missed the big event.

Thank you, Al

Time for aerobics with Séverine.

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 3:21 PM

I really had fun with this puzzle, Al. Excellent job!!

Daveguth  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 4:16 PM

Unusual topic to say the least, but I think that's what made this WP particularly fun! Good job, Al!

For those of you who don't remember the very strange and untalented Mr. Tim, he was the 60's version of all those no-talents that you see on American Idol in the early season episodes--catering to Ma and Pa Sixpack's need for cheap laughs and a smug sense of superiority. Think William Hung with a sexual identity crises.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:33 PM

I disagree. We can talk later.

Good puzzle, Al.

Oogie54  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:39 PM

Good one,he was definitely a character.

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2496)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:44 PM

Loved your puzzle. Now I want to go listen to Tiny Tim.

Headylamar  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:49 PM

Fun puzzle! Thanks Al!

Suzannec  (Level: 260.2 - Posts: 616)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 5:52 PM

Another fun WP. My grandmother rode an elevator with him to the top of the Empire State building once. She said he was as nice as could be. Great job Al.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7727)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:16 PM

Thanks to Jank for starting this thread.
I'll defend Tim also and post all ten phrases/ clues after the puzzle closes.

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 6:56 PM

Great WP. Well remembered by us if not particularly well liked!

Papajensai  (Level: 203.4 - Posts: 1025)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 7:30 PM

If you can listen to Tiptoe without at least smiling a little bit, you're just a big grump.

And the quiz was swell, too, Al!

Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:01 PM

Loved your WP Al!! Looking forward to more. The subject was totally different than the usual stuff we see, which made it all the more enjoyable. (At least for me). Keep up the good work.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:32 PM

Sorry if I offended any Tiny Tim lovers out there. Maybe I'm unfamiliar with a later career surge where his talent was more evident, but my memory was that his only claims to fame were how awful he sounded and how creepy he looked. My assumption was always that if he had any talent at all, we would have never heard of him.

So, now I'm curious--did I miss an aspect of his career that transcended folks just laughing at him because he was so pathetic?

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7727)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 8:38 PM

Thanks very much to all players who solved the puzzle and for your feedback in the thread.
Most remembered Tiny Tim and his career. I'm sure many of us watched the Tonight Show when he and Miss Vicki were married.
His singing style didn't endear him to everyone. He performed well known songs from the past and his innocence must have intrigued us. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of music and perhaps "put us on", but who knows? I think he was legit.
A few years before his death, he was featured regularly on the Howard Stern radio show, so even though he had long past had any hit records, he still kept a public profile for his fans [like me].

P.S. My editor, Sploofernatural, pointed out one phrase that somebody might have "called me out on."
Ringo Starr technically was singing "Tiptoe Through The Meanies" in Yellow Submarine as he voiced over the song.
Sploofernatural resisted the temptation and didn't blow his/her cover by posting here. [shucks!]

Here are all ten clues/ phrases:
ALVANDY Salutes Tiny Tim

performed under several stage names before his manager suggested tiny tim ("e.g.Judas K Foxglove")
herbert khaury was born in new york city in nineteen thirty two ("Tiptoeing into the world")
specialized in tin pan alley songs playing a ukulele and singing falsetto ("His persona")
suffered a fatal heart attack on stage while performing his signature song ("Tiptoed out of the world")
forty million viewers watched him wed miss vicki on the tonight show ("December 17, 1969")
tiptoe through the tulips made the top twenty in nineteen sixty eight ("His signature hit")
in the beatles film yellow submarine ringo is heard singing the song ("Starkey tiptoed too")
ten thousand tulips decorated the set for their televised wedding ceremony ("Their flowery vows")
his three wives were miss vicki miss jan and miss sue ("Three Mrs. Tims")
his first album god bless tiny tim sold over two hundred thousand copies ("His "long play" debut")

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:07 PM

Thanks Al for posting all the answers and for your great puzzle, just loved it. As usual, good work.


Kaufman  (Level: 270.1 - Posts: 3942)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:16 PM

I have to agree with Rjenson ... among all the great music I've loaded onto my iPod, I've also stuck in a couple Dr. Demento disks and the like. And when it suddenly segues into Tim, how can I not grin?

Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 9:42 PM

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7727)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:41 PM

Daveguth/Dave: If he were alive today and you would meet him- he would call you Mister Dave.

He did play in York back in the mid 1980's in a vaudeville type revue show. His career was in the tank but he loved performing.
He virtually died on stage as one of my phrases mentioned.
I think you would find him worth loving- what you saw is what you got.

And it's interesting to ponder- how would he have done on American Idol?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 10:53 PM

Dave - I think the part I disagree with is the "ma and pa sixpack" slapdown. He was a hippy and he was just a weird, sweet, gentlemanly guy. Several weird people have had great careers built on weirdness. It wasn't a ma/pa sixpack kind of thing. In fact, probably the people you negatively stereotype in that comment had little use for him.

Daveguth  (Level: 269.4 - Posts: 1636)
Thu, 12th Mar '09 11:26 PM

I have to admit--that rendition of Earth Angel wasn't THAT bad. However, for the other side of this great Tiny Tim dispute, see this clip.

Yeah, I suppose "Tiptoe" does bring a smile to your face. However, at risk of being called a "big grump," wasn't that smile really a laugh at the expense of Mr. Tim--at least back then? (I'm sure I laughed hysterically as a teenager in the 60s when I saw him on Laugh-In or anywhere else.)

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on the Ma and Pa Sixpack comment. I really think the fame of Tiny Tim was not based on a sort of cool inside joke among hippies and the like. Heck, the song reached #17 on the charts, and he was the rage on every Merv Griffin/Mike Douglas show that could book him. I agree that none of the "Sixpack" crowd would ever say they were a fan of his, but they sure loved to laugh at him.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1936)
Fri, 13th Mar '09 2:52 AM

Darn, I tiptoed through a bunch of pink tulips when I put Tim & it was him, but it was a fun puzzle, Al I've got a collection of Tin Pan Alley type songs, done by the likes of Billy Murray & Rudy Vallee, so of course, I like Tiny Tim

Praetorian  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 357)
Sat, 14th Mar '09 10:12 PM

Tiny Tim sure wasn't a hippy but he was a genius. Psychedelia has been around for thousands of years.

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