Did ctrl-alt-F1 and found a menu that offered no intuitive choice for a tty log. Chose first option and found a terminal. went su root and issued command init 3. Arrived at tty log-in. Logged as root and issued listed commands. The wizard proceeded to compute, offered to format, and is, as we speak, installing. A WOO-HOO is in order!
A nagging doubt, and this will sound sooo ungrateful at this point (I'm expecting the best of the install process of course!), but can I expect to be able to add a bell and a couple of whistles to your wee iso and have a desktop with wallpaper and icons and a taskbar, and access to Synaptic for updates, at the end of all this? Oooh, this is exciting!!