Across

  1. Fall for farmers’ market trick, perhaps. (3,1,3,2,1,4)

  9. Book narrative – repeat it from memory, endlessly. (5)

10. Avoid cult realignment of egg escape tube. (9)

11. Leader and La Toya upset ere Shakespearean prince returns. (9)

12. God loves a very old German city, one hears. (5)

13. Hunts for the truffle (Nestles). (7)

15. Silver has thickhead horrified. (6)

17. Radio transmitter hosts automatic message to begin with. (3)

19. Comment regarding German coin. (6)

20. Over-serious fellow, it’s said. (7)

23. Athenian philosopher has some fancy nickname! (5)

25. Power out of the bunker an engrave glass this way. (9)

27. Cats arise, move around and attain a higher plain with this. (9)

28. Halt! I swing an Eastern version of the shillelagh. (5)

29. Children’s game, as may be said of champignons. (3,2,3,6)

Down

  1. Low price contract. (7)

  2. Heartlessly, you get little measure with a cassava. (5)

  3. Purposefully heated pebble or reformulated bio-petrol. (9)

  4. Feeding on the dead soul – high excitement! (8)

  5. Turndowns one hears from the horse’s mouth. (6)

  6. Young fowl left…pout about it. (5)

  7. Bird – it climbs after wee kitten and gets sort of weak. (9)

  8. Chlorine, argon and French wine. (6)

14. Dislike in troubled Zaire for tax-farmer’s jurisdiction. (9)

16. Scarlet blouse, bright fish. (9)

18. Miller’s wife gives sauce. (8)

19. Disqualify from participation if hermit loses pound. (6)

21. Small birds…they are linked to a computer after it comes up with a kind of bar. (7)

22. Not straight, as lanterns reveal. (6)

24. With key to little organization, I show dog. (5)

26. 17 across most likely over this. (5)

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 218 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, March 17 to stephaniepiro@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 consequently are not available as prizes.

Solutions can also be faxed, if you prefer, to USA code 1-603-755-2926, or mailed to John Nolan, 27 River Road, Farmington, NH, 03835.

All 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. 218, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of March.

 

 

And the "winner" is ...

 

The "winner" of TVLPP No. 217 (in a strictly non-competitive way, he indicates - so winner, this month, may not really an appropriate term) is Jim Siirola of Salt Lake City, Utah. Kudos and laurel leaves to Jim.

Other correct solvers this time around were Calfan Dary, The English Lads - Keith Williams, Ian Laming and Mark Nichols - and the NH quartet - Barbara Trow, Chris Rogers, Randy Taylor and Jim Horrigan, previous winners all.

All going slightly awry at 24 across, with SHARK rather than SNARK, was that international web of puzzlers: Huguette R-M, Keith and David Simmonds, Condell the D-less Simmons, and Annie and Janine Bonnet. (Think Lewis Carroll, folks)

Also close with STALK instead of SNARK and an inspired guess at 4 down was Nancy Mooney Hebert.

Please enjoy TVLPP No. 218 above.

 

Recent 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 Noack 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 Noack of West Broomfield, Michigan, USA

No. 151 - Régine Privat, 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 Noack 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 Noack 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 Noack 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 - Huguette 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 Noack 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)