Across

  1. Rattly conveyance has one stuck in b.s. alongside fish of sea and river. (10)

  6. See 31 ac.

  9. Tackle used to tie up sails – what a detective seeks, it’s said, for a T-shaped hinge. (4-6)

10. Overturn world body and act. (4)

12. Army officer, it is, with painful inflammation. (7)

14. Ate posh ingredients in place to wash ‘em down? (3-4)

15. Cause to become admired but destroy the listener. (6)

17. Offend with upper part of throat in front of king? That’s odd! (8)

20. Three-footed jaunt gets “lade” back. (8)

22. Sailor comes back in time to see mistakes in print. (6)

26. Initially, it’s not always painfully hot to hold a flammable liquid. (7)

27. Living material as energy source gives brief account of a life before church service. (7)

28. It’s said to employ sheep. (4)

29. Unusual device with pole needs feet to propel it. (10)

31, 6 ac. It describes constipation of the ear after gun is used. (8)

32. Foppish fellow with draught animal has early transport without pedals. (5-5)

Down

1.    See 5 dn.

2.  Require light-emitting diode to be irritated. (7)

3.  Stud is a bit of a wise guy. (3)

4.  Catch a breather, one hears. (6)

5, 1 dn. Choose endlessly rich bisexual and, for a period of time, get power-assisted transport. (8,7)

7.  Metal Marxist and fifty - they encircle a deer herd. (7)

8.  Cut off short person to get a conveyance. (7)

11.  Go with anorak to produce an early form of transport. (8)

13.  Vary test - burlesque may result… (8)

16.  …and not a logic circuit. (3)

18.  Horrible rat a thing of beauty? (3)

19. Is a padre at pains to show a Mexican stirrup guard? (8)

20. Republicans badly beat opponents…and do double duty as transporters. (7)

21. Fill scamp with the French toast, especially starting out. (7)

23. A pal to turn right for enthusiast. (7)

24. Harsh, if a western country has time before…(7)

25. …a Runyonesque woman makes it overseas. (6)

30. Expiry in Scots law, sort of. (3)    

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 386 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 22, 2024, to mailto:johnnolan755@gmail.comjohnnolan755@gmail.com and include your name, postal address and your choice of a Strip T’s shirt***, should you be the drawn winner. Please include a second choice (design number and size) just in case we are out of stock of your favorite T-shirt. The items on Café Press are not in our stock and thus are not available as prizes.

Solutions can also be mailed to John Nolan, 27 River Road, Farmington, NH, 03835.

Most answers, except proper names, appear in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary tenth edition and/or The Chamber’s Dictionary. In this "British-style" crossword, punctuation marks in clues are best ignored, as a rule.

The solution to The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 386, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of March.

***P.S. The cost of mailing one T-shirt overseas has quadrupled in recent years and is now over $24 a pop, effectively killing the trade of small businesses like Strip T’s. Thus, the prize now offered to winning puzzlers from outside the U.S. (and within if preferred) will be a signed Stephanie cartoon rather than a T-shirt. 

 

The drawn winners, this month, are that remarkably dogged puzzle duo, Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, NH, whose only solving weapon is Funk & Wagnells, an etymological blunderbuss, perhaps, but it seems to get them there. Let me know, A & B, if a t-shirt or a Stephanie cartoon, is your choice for a prize.

Also in the Hat, this month, were fellow NHers Randy Taylor, Jim & Joanne Gray, Julie Lindsay and Larry Reynolds of Rochester. (Barbara Trow didn't quite finish, but was happy to see her surname was one of the answers) Also from NH were solvers Chris Rogers (Farminton) and Barbara Berweiler (Ossipee).

Further afield, there was Tamara Brenner of Elmhurst, Ill, Laura Bradford from Florida, going solo this month, Rich Pardoe of Houston, Texas, and Jay Miller of Pasadena, Calif. 

Luxembourg was represented by Mark Roberts of Hostert, while Ian Simpson, from Edinburgh, kept Scotland on the map, and over the southern border were Derek Harrison (Pegswood), Eddie Looby (Longbridge), Mark Nichols (Rugby), Keith Williams (Kings Worthy) and William Stewart (Leicester).

Furthest far-flung of all (from Farmington) was Calfan Dary of Blai, Indonesia, but last heard from in Singapore where he took some spectacularly colourful photos of the Chinese New Year parade.

Anyway, thank you very much for the entries, especially in the dead of an icy winter, the last storm of which claimed a beautiful, old weeping willow tree, now lying over our blackcurrant bushes, and awaiting its chainsaw fate once the snow has melted (by April?)

Now, please enjoy TVLPP 386 above.

 

 

Notes

www.crossword.org.uk/  A gateway to British puzzledom and Derek Harrison's own extensive contributions including an ever-interesting monthly newsletter and a delightful new book centered on his decades-long correspondence with crossword setter Apex (the late Eric Chalkley). Derek's cartoons enhance a fascinating read...and re-read.

Keith Williams' book of crosswords from the Crossword Club can be viewed at https://amzn.to/3vgI8cr

 

Occasionally a Scots word will creep into the Logical Puzzle (e.g. shoogly) and as an aid to those solvers not too familiar with Lallans, the Dictionary of the Scots Language (https://dsl.ac.uk/) is recommended as a reference work.

 

The last 22 years of winners

No. 115 - Andy Knap of London, SW20, England

No. 116 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 117 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 118 - Don Parent of Hanover, Maine, USA

No. 119 - Karen Muller of Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 120 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 121 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 122 - Don Parent of Hanover, Maine, USA

No. 123 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 124 - Karen Muller of Kohimarama, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 125 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 126 - Joan Bittrolff, Somersworth, New Hampshire, USA

No. 127 - Not posted due to the stress and pressure of vacation

No. 128 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA 

No. 129 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 130 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 131 - Joan Bittrolff, Alford, Florida, USA

No. 132 - Slipped through cracks due to computer crisis

No. 133 - Karen Muller of Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 134 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 135 - Don Parent of Hanover, Maine, USA

No. 136 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 137 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 138 - Don Parent of Hanover, Maine, USA 

No. 139 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 140 - Bonnie & Kevin Bergeron, Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 141 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 142 - Karen Cleary of St. Johns Park, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 143 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 144 - Veronique Bonnet, Rodez, France 

No. 145 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 146 - Huguette R.-M. Simmonds of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 147 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 148 - Pierre Gaillard, Olemps, France

No. 149 - Reynir Axelsson, Mosfellsbaer, Iceland

No. 150 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 151 - Régine Privet, Naucelle, France

No. 152 - Don Parent of Hanover, Maine, USA

No. 153 - Barbara Winter, Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 154 - Joan Bittrolff, Alford, Florida, USA

No. 155 - Condell Lovell Simmons of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 156 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 157 - Karen Cleary of St. Johns Park, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 158 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 159 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 160 - Sylvie Chauchard of Belmont Sur Rance, Belmont, France

No. 161 - Carl E. Damuth of Wells, Maine, USA

No. 162 - Yvette Gaillard of Olemps, Rodez, France

No. 163 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 164 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 165 - Keith Simmonds of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 166 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 167 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA    

No. 168 - Betty Bardy of Albi, France

No. 169 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 170 - Bonnie & Kevin Bergeron, Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 171 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 172 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 173 - Barbara Winter of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 174 - Nancy Moony Hebert of Alton, New Hampshire, USA (in summer)

No. 175 - Jim Gaudet of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 176 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No, 177 - Karen Cleary of St. Johns Park, Auckland, New Zealand

No. 178 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 179 - James O. Horrigan, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

No. 180 - David Simmonds of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 181 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 182 - Madeleine Dupierre of Rodez, France.

No. 183 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 184 - Jim Siirola of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

No. 185 - James O. Horrigan, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

No. 186 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 187 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA    

No. 188 - Natalie Ryder, Bremen, Georgia, USA

No. 189 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 190 - Héloïse Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 191 - Jim Gaudet of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 192 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 193 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No. 194 - Hugutte R.-M. Simmonds, Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

No. 195 - Terry Towle, Strafford, New Hampshire, USA

No. 196 - Vidya Singh of Sidcup, Kent, England

No. 197 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 198 - Condell Lovell Simmons of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 199 - Trudy Metzger, Caroline Williams, Laura Bradford of Westport I., Maine, USA

No. 200 - Norbert Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 201 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

No. 202 - Paul Nyack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 203 - James O. Horrigan, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

No. 204 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 205 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 206 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 207 - Wayne Maricheau of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 208 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 209 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No. 210 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 211 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 212 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA

No. 213 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 214 - Keith Simmonds of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 215 - Ian Laming, Chippingham, Wiltshire, England

No. 216 - James O. Horrigan, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA

No. 217 - Jim Siirola of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (technically a non-competitor)

No. 218 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No. 219 - Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 220 - Veronique Bonnet, Images, France

No. 221 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 222 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 223 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 224 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 225 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 226 - Hugest R.-M. Simmonds, Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago

No. 227 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA

No. 228 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 229 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 230 - Condell Lovell Simmons of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 231 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

No. 232 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 233 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 234 - Trudy Metzger and Laura Bradford of Topsham, Maine, USA

No. 235 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 236 - Jim Siirola of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (technically a non-competitor)

No. 237 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No. 238 - Philippe Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 239 - Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 240 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 241 - David Simmonds of Crawford, Dart ford, England

No. 242 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 243 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 244 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 245 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA

No. 246 - Pat Mathews of Berwick, Maine, USA

No. 247 - Veronique Bonnet, Rodez, France

No. 248 - Paul Nyack, Rochester Hills, Minnesota, USA

No. 249 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 250 - Nigel Cowley of Cooksbridge, East Sussex, England

No. 251 - Keith Simmonds of Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago

No. 252 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 253 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

No. 254 - Trudy Metzger, Carol Williams and Laura Bradford of Maine or Florida, USA

No. 255 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 256 - Barbara Trow of Dover, New Hampshire, USA

No. 257 - Randy Taylor of Rochester, New Hampshire, USA

No. 258 - Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 259 - Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, England

No. 260 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 261 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 262 - Jim Siirola of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (technically a non-competitor)

No. 263 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 264 - Jeanine Bonnet of Images, France

No. 265 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 266 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 267 - Joan Bittrolff of Alford, Florida, USA

No. 268 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 269 - David Simmonds of Crayford, Dart ford, England

No. 270 - Nancy Mooney Hebert, Alton Bay, New Hampshire, USA

No. 271 - Trudy Metzger on an island in Maine, USA

No. 272 - Pat Miga of Colleyville, Texas, USA

No. 273 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 274 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

No. 275 - Huguette R.-M. Simmonds, Rodez, France

No. 276 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England

No. 277 - Veronique Bonnet, Rodez, France

No. 278 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 279 - Nancy Mooney Hebert, Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 280 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 281 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England

No. 282 - Carolyn Williams, Topsham, Maine, USA

No. 283 - Jim Sempsrott, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

No. 284 - Jane Cornville/Samantha Warren, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA

No. 285 - Larry Reynolds, East Rochester, NH, USA

No. 286 - Rich Pardoe, San Francisco Bay, Calif., USA

No. 287 - Randy Taylor, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 288 - Anne & Bruce Smith, Strafford, NH, USA

No. 289 - Pat Miga of Colleyville, Texas, USA

No. 290 - Bonnie & Kevin Bergeron, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 291 - Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 292 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 293 - Julie Lindsay of Rochester NH, USA

No. 294 - Joanne Gray of Rochester, NH, USA

No. 295 - Pat Miga of Colleyville, Texas, USA

No. 296 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 297 - Barbara Trow, Dover, NH, USA

No. 298 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 299 - Rich Pardoe of Houston, Texas, USA

No. 300 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 301 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, New Hampshire, USA

No. 302 - Clara Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 303 - Gron Roberts, Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales

No. 304 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 305 - Nancy Mooney Hebert, Palm Bay, Florida, USA

No. 306 - Laura Bradford, Venice, Florida, USA

No. 307 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England

No. 308 - Derek Harrison, Bedlington, Northumberland, England

No. 309 - Larry Reynolds, East Rochester, NH, USA

No. 310 - Jane Carville, Wolfeboro, NH, USA

No. 311 - John F. Gecik, Sheffield Lake, Ohio, USA

No. 312 - Keith Simmonds, Tunapuna, Trinidad & Tobago

No. 313 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 314 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 315 - Randy Taylor, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 316 - Jim/Joanne Gray, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 317 - Patricia Miga of Colleyville, Texas, USA

No. 318 - David Simmonds, Crayford, England

No. 319 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England 

No, 320 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 321 - Gron Roberts, Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales

No. 322 - Julie Lindsay of Rochester, NH, USA

No. 323 - Rich Pardoe of Houston, Texas, USA

No. 324 - Trudy Metzger of Titusville, Florida, USA

No. 325 - Brian Dungate of Brighton, England

No. 326 - Anne & Bruce Smith, Strafford, NH, USA

No. 327 - Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg

No. 328 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 329 - John F. Gecik, Sheffield Lake, Ohio, USA

No. 330 - Derek Harrison, Bedlington, Northumberland, England

No. 331 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 332 - Bill Stewart of Leicester, England

No. 333 - Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 334 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, Warwickshire, England

No. 335 - Patricia Miga of Southlake, Texas, USA

No. 336 - Jim/Joanne Gray, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 337 - Ian Laming, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England

No. 338 - Ian Simpson, Edinburgh, Scotland

No. 339 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England 

No. 340 - Barbara Trow, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 341 - Julie Lindsay of Rochester, NH, USA

No, 342 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 343 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 344 - Laura Bradford, somewhere in Maine USA

No. 345 - Randy Taylor, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 346 - Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg

No. 347 - Rich Pardoe of Houston, Texas, USA

No. 348 - Ann Holme of Salisbury, England

No. 349 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, NH, USA

No. 350 - Bill Stewart of Leicester, England

No. 351 - Ian Simpson, Edinburgh, Scotland

No. 352 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 353 - Larry Reynolds, East Rochester, NH, USA

No. 354 - David Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire, England

No. 355 - Derek Harrison, Pegswood, Northumberland, England

No. 356 - John F. Gecik, Sheffield Lake, Ohio, USA

No. 357 - Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg

No. 358 - Anne & Bruce Smith, Strafford, NH, USA

No, 359 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, England

No. 360 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England 

No. 361 - Matt Mitchell of Glenside, Penn. USA

No. 362 - Julie Lindsay of Rochester, NH, USA

No. 363 - Rich Pardoe of Houston, Texas, USA 

No. 364 - Stephen Wortley, Tooting, London, England

No. 365 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, NH, USA

No. 366 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 367 - Randy Taylor, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 368 - Eddie Looby, Longbridge, Birmingham, England

No. 369 - Jay Miller, Pasadena, Calif., USA

No. 370 - Jim/Joanne Gray, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 371 - Tamara Brenner, Elmhurst, Illinois, USA  

No. 372 - Derek Harrison, Pegswood, Northumberland, England

No. 373 - Ian Simpson, Edinburgh, Scotland

No. 374 - Chris Rogers of Farmington, New Hampshire, USA

No. 375 - Bill Stewart of Leicester, England

No, 376 - Mark Nichols of Rugby, England

No. 377 - Laura Bradford of Maine or Florida, USA

No. 378 - Larry Reynolds, East Rochester, NH, USA

No, 379 - Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg

No. 380 - Barbara Trow of Rochester, NH, USA

No. 381 - Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, NH, USA

No. 382 - Keith Williams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England 

No. 383 - Julie Lindsay of Rochester, NH, USA

No. 384 - Tom Wilson of So. Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA

No. 385 - Anne & Bruce Smith, Strafford, NH, USA

 

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