circled letters in an L-shape spell rivers GOOD ONES: Topographic feature (theme)
RIVER BEND Bow tie preference
AL DENTE [I thought cloth, not pasta. BTW, I think I went to school with him.] Hyde's birthplace?
LAB [or Stevenson's mind] First, second, or third person?
BASEMAN [I thought grammar, not baseball] BTW
: Pinch for Pepin
in French; Mercedes has an SEL model which would, I believe, be preferable --- though maybe a commonly known French menu item, which I can't think of, might work]
Three grins = Loved it; Two grins = Enjoyed it; One grin = A bit bland for my taste; One teardrop = Not much fun