Well, as I suspected, the pie crust for my pumpkin pie was tough.  Hardly the flacky, light crust promised by the recipe in the magazine.  I suspect not enough fluid because the consistency was like very dry concrete and not smooth.

In any event we did serve the pie to our guests on Thanksgiving and they all admired the effort.

Following the hint by our  daughter, we smothered the pieces with whipped cream.  At the end of a great turkey meal with all the fixings I suspect no one was going to complain about the bottom crust on the pie.

Despite my earlier statement, I will again try again (because I am stubborn) but I will use the recipe that Chandler recommends.