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Imprisoned within some answers, six in all (not five) are words with a common theme. Highlight them and suggest the theme to complete the puzzle.

Across

  1. Nocturnal bear may be so to tackle global warming. (6,7)

  9. A branch of this may offer peace,

      Ere violet in its form doth cease. (5,4)

10, 22 dn. Easy to understand, as meekness becomes rebellious. (5,5)

12. A nonsensical question in Zen has a knockout for an ending. (4)

14. The odd fact about British toilet backing up - be reckless. (3,3,4)

16. Symbol of British Legion in returning image spread by the internet. (6)

17. One is spiritually attached to such as Tom and Ule, in a way (4,4)

19. Fascinated with a small measure fitting in color. (8)

20. Dart after world body and open a door. (6)

21. The vet gets sick -- unusually so -- and is the most complaining. (10)

23. City of Laos, Lombardy and northern Europe. (4)

25. Give high praise to former spouse and get plenty in return. (5)

26. Japanese syllabic writing has my initially curative ingestion; namely, an antibiotic. (9)

28. Started eating around a scene of business activity. (7,6)

Down

  2, 27dn. American cuckoo to start calling under trees? Dam!  (6)

  3. Englishmen are like their own ----: Frothy on top, dregs on the bottom, the middle excellent. — Voltaire. (4) 

  4. With regard to the nostrils, as it comes up, catarrh is really a nuisance in the beginning. (5)

  5. Vote in Reagan, and get a charge out of it? (8)

  6. No woods above this tiny kid rebel in revolt. (10)

  7. Don’t request preferences of Kansas or (very briefly) be disturbed. (3,2,6)

  8. Small hay pile that is Welsh emblem -- that is -- soup. (12)

11. Potential sin might be most important aspect. (7,5)

13. Barmen use crate to brew Aussie beer… (5,6)

15. …obtain the choicest liquid ever distilled to start with, and become drunk. (3,7)

18. Wee imp, though somewhat kind, is evil inside. (8)

22. See 10 ac.

24. Bad coal? That’s mildly obscene talk. (4)

27. See 2 dn.

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 343 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Aug. 21, to johnnolan755@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 answer to 19 ac. is a form of a more common word, and is occasionally used by poets and their ilk.

The solution to The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 343, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of August.

***P.S. The cost of mailing one T-shirt overseas has quadrupled in recent years and is now almost $23 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 winner of the almost symatrical TVLPP 242 is Eddie Looby of Longbridge in England who, with the pubs now back open, may be cautiously but enjoyably sipping real ale through a straw via a hole in his mask. We'll get a cartoon out to you, Eddie, probably on Monday.

Also in the Hat of Correct Solvers this month, were, sticking with England, Ian Laming of Chippenham, Bill Stewart of Leicester, Derek Harrison of Pegswood, Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, David Simmonds of Crayford, David Nash of Coleford and Mark Nichols of Rugby; Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg; Calfan Dary of Bali, where the stormy winds do blow; Keith & Huguette Simmonds and Norbert and Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France; Laura Bradford, hopefully safe, in Florida and her solving partners Trudy Metzger and Caroline Williams in Maine; J.F. Gecik of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; Pat Miga of Southlake and Rich Pardoe of Houston (another virus hotspot) in Texas; and from NH, Barbara Bierweiler (Ossipee), Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, Randy Taylor, Julie Lindsay, Barbara Trow, and Jim & Joanne Gray (Rochester), and Chris Roger of Farmington (where it is currently hotter than Bali). Very tough luck to artist Larry Reynolds of East Rochester, with a single letter wrong in "rigwiddie" but who, as compensation, is awarded the honorary title of Envelope of The Month  for  its chess encrusted theme. 

 

Occasionally a Scots word will creep into this puzzle 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....in the above solution to give context to "rigwiddie".

 

Thank you, all, for the entries and I hope you haave fun with  TVLPP 343 above.

www.crossword.org.uk/  A gateway to British puzzledom and Derek Harrison's own extensive contributions including an ever-interesting monthly newsletter .

 

The last 18 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 Crowley of Cooks bridge, 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 Mega of Colleyville, Texas, USA

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

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

No. 275 - Hugest 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

 

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