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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, Nove

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A CR OSTIC PUZZLE

BY
STEPHEN J.
POZSGA I
Copyright 1979
INSTRUCTIONS
Guess the words defined at the
left and write them in over
their numbered dashes. Then,
transfer each letter to the cor-
responding numbered square
in the grid above. The letters
printed in the upper-right-hand
corners of the squares indi-
cate from what clue-word a
particular square's letter
comes from. The grid, when
filled in, should read as a
quotation from a published
work. The darkened squares
are the spaces between words.
Some words may carry over
to the next line. Meanwhile,
the first letter of each guessed
word at the left, reading down,
forms an acrostic, giving the
author's name an the title of
the work from which the quote
is extracted. As words and
phrases begin to form in the
grid, you can work back and
forth from clues to grid until
the puzzle is complete.
Answer to Last Week's Puzzle
Because fraud is the
foundation of the auto-
mobile industry in North
America, consumers are
victimized indiscrimi-
nately. Jusges too fre-
quently find themselves ;
the target of incomplete
mechanics or manufac-
turing defects.
Phil Edmonston,
Lemon-Aid

Malls.
The
next
best
thing to
Heaven
unit structures spread
the mall the new ganglia
jpllyroll unrolled
"Haiku: 23," from Shopping Centers:
I have been in them, by R.J. Smith.
ERY MUCH a product of the
typical suburban satellite that
flags the trembling carcass of
De rit,I havIspent a large sum of the
last 10 years of so in shopping cen-
ters-scores of 'em. Malls are an in-
credibly consistent element in the life of
today's suburban kid. It's not even as if
one went to a mall to do anything as
useless as shop, dine, or to enjoy any of
the countless goods and services this
modern-day agora provides. Those who
are really into malls have almost no
choice in the matter. They go to malls
because this voice whispers inside them
that they must, the way Roy Neary got
pulled like a yo-yo toward Devil's
Tower. "Whassamatter, don't you
think it's time to put down the
Testor's model glue and go hang
out?," says the trilling in their brain,
and they head to their local E~vergreen
Plaza, or Colonial Village, or Sun
Valley, or Bourgeoise Place, or Pristine
Paranoid Fortress-in-the-Hills, or
whatever they call their own covered
cornocopea of consumptives, their
shrine of Hot Sams pretzels and B.
Dalton books, their enclosed all-giving
Disneyland fountainhead, the way ants
instinctively gather around morsels
dropped into the dirt.
Did you know George Wallace got it
in a mall? Did you know about the
various auto theft circuits, pickpockets,
molesters, and drunks who also like to
hang out at malls? Malls have arson,
rapes, kidnappings; they have their
own modest aggregate of undesirables
and thrive on the monied minions. None
of that stuff, though, worries me.
Besides the fact that crime is not as bad
in malls as it is on the streets, the fact is
that it is incredibly different. And it's
that promise of an entirely fresh social
set-up that is the prime attraction of the
shopping center. Consider some
statistics: A Temple University study
Arts page co-editor R. J. Smith
used to be an art history major. He
now spends his time hqnging out at.
Orange Julius._ 'VAt

By R.J. Smith

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shows that malls are the most popular
gathering spot for teenagers; research
done in Washington, D.C., declares that
more couples meet in malls than in
bars; a U.S. News and World Report
survey states that outside the home and
place of work, people spend most of
their time in malls. Need I say more?
There are nearly 20,000 shopping plazas
in the country today, and besides
meaning a shitload of kitschy dog
shows, Fanny Farmer candies and free
balloons for the kids, it means a whole
lot of people, at a speeding pace mat-
ched only by that of their blood
pressure, are keying into the sense-
shredding values vivisection of the
shopping center.
Sometimes I think I was born in a
mall, nurtured in the bosom of Thom
McCans and Hickory Farms. No matter
how different the particulars of malls
are, there is always that feeling that
they are reaching out to you. When I
walk through a mall nowadays, I get
this wobbly sort of happiness down
deep. I feel the balm that only that can-
ned music and bright colored
flourescent lights can provide. Shop-
ping centers offer peace and happiness
and goodness (when was the last time
you saw a pool hall, bar, or "adult en-
tertainment" center in your neigh-
borhood's indoors shop-a-go-go??). And
they are getting closer to working out
Le Corbusier's equation for achieving
the ultimate example of the architec-
tural work as a "machine for living."
(Consider, if you would, University
Towne Center in San Diego, which,
besides scads of shops, has an ice-
skating rink, pre-school and day-care
center, folk art museum, discotheque,
community meeting room, and class-
rooms for university extension ser-
vices. Adjacent to the mammoth struc-
ture is a 185-unit housing complex.)
While scientists and scholars fret over
the implications of life created in the
laboratory, they are missing out on the
ways life is being produced and shaped
so thoroughly by the shopping mall.
But for what it's worth, I wouldn't
worr too much about Bria oo- a
yef. We have to be careful about the

ways shopping plazas gnarl holes out of
our landscapes and put humongous
blank boxes on top of them, and we
shouldn't tolerate the ways they bleed
our cities by drawing away shoppers.
And there are countless
issues-everything from crassness and
garishness to the economics of malls
-which can always be hashed over
on some rainy day. That said, however,
it should be added that there is
something splendid about the totality of
the mall's planned-out environment,
something tender and ecstatic in its
fulfillingness. Today's malls serve
needs once attended to by institutions
like "religion" and "art;" unless we
redefine such terms to somehow ac-
commodate things such as shopping
malls, we might as well pitch them out
in the fashion that a sailor scoops out
buckets of water from his sinking ship.
"Take gigantic surfaces, conceived
as infinite, cloak them in color and shift
tlem menacingly.. . Make lines fight
together and caress one another in
generous tenderness . . . Then take
wheels and axles, hurl them up and
make them sing (mighty erections of
aquatic giants). Axles dance mid-wheel,
roll globes barrels. . . Take a dentist's*
drill, a meat grinder, a car-truck
scraper, take buses and pleasure cars,
bicycles, tandems, and their tires ...
Take petticoats and other kindred ar-
ticles, shoes and false hair, also ice
skates and throw them into place where
they belong, and always at the right
time ...
Even people can be used ..'."
F THAT sounds like a plausible
idea of what a shopping center is
all about, it should: It's Dada
artist Kurt Schwitter's description of
what the total work of art would be like.
Schwitters had a vision of an all-
encompassing, mixed media of art
form he called merz. To Schwitters,
merz was an approach to life which
saw every material in existence, every
object imaginable, as stuff to be freely
used for artistic expression. Schwitters
made collages out of discardedickets
and scraps of paper he found in the

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and noises tc
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his merzbau
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cistern to the
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in World War
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years after St
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recognize th
manifestation
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the benefits
the understat
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salesperson's
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to shop: Mall
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A. P.T. Barnum fake of a fake
(2 wards)
B. Exacts satisfaction
C. Moderates; pardons; defers
D. In crop shooting, the point 4
(2 words) (Slang)
E. Soporific; sluggish; lethargic
F. Starfish; minor planet
G. Glass structure for
growing plants
H. Common noun

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86 69 103 105 66 130 136 163 146 159
40 32 68 56 88 122 101 144 167 158 16.

K. First name of the 19th
President of U.S.
L. Gratified to excess
M. Reprimand severely
(2 words)
N. Recognizably; ockowledgely
0. Snooze; nap (Slang)
(Comp.)
P. Charmed; fascinated
Q. Condition of being lost
in thought
R. Robot
S. Baseball talent scout
(Slang) (Comp.)
T. Fellow creature; border upon

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I. Hang; bond; snare
J. Business (Stang)

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