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Across

  1. Group of actors (hint) realise, unhappily, they are making plans unlikely to come to fruition. (7,2,3,3)

  9. Relative gets fanatical at the outset and, oddly, her sis is for the birds. (11)

10, 17dn. Beseech somebody to get away. (6)

11, 14. Useless ally of French has sold back Anglo-Saxon boundaries. (4,4)

15. Fragrant resin used by ukulele minstrels. (5)

16. Musical pair has backing of lute-like instrument. (3)

18, 19. Female cat meets novel sad end! Nae, that’s stale old news. (5,5,4)

21. Fail to have less than ten…that creates a difficulty. (3)

22. Visually, ten has little thanks - very small amount. (4)

23, 30. Someone being manipulated? With a pen, manage to rework this. (1,4,2,3,4)

27. Group of cells is Ashley’s first. (5)

29. Glazed fabric…firstly, can it really exist? (4)

30. See 23 ac.

33. See 21 dn.

34. Creeping plant is clergyman’s marijuana… (7,4)

36. …but think, good Father - to become a vagrant? (6,2,3,4)

Down

  1. Encrusted with sweet food and vitamin. (5)

  2. Northern Ireland and South rise up…that’s an immoral act. (3)

  3. Strike a golf ball so that it rises and finds church gallery. (4)

  4. Soldier and poet, hairstylist and businessman. (7)

  5. Born to remake beds? Will do if necessary. (5,2)

  6. Pork meatloaf in Britain, a city in Texas. (6)

  7. Wager, lose $1,000, and walk at a relaxed pace. (5)

  8. Romp about with wife, and I’d die to be lean and tough in Glasgow. (9)

12. Skilled in a section of an organization, briefly. (5)

13. Moisture, one hears, is what one has a right to. (3)

17. See 10 ac.

18. Freshwater fish with feather over spine. (9)

19. Jarring noise of pheasant’s brood flying up. (3)

20. Without art mounted, it’s additional. (5)

21, 33 ac. Five-dollar bill to get beer that’s furthest from the pilot. (6)

24. Old type sizes, therefore, beget famous Spaniard. (7)

25. A sweaty way to solve something? (4,3)

26. Algerian citadel where bird with human head is imprisoned with money. (6)

28. Western state has rising anger and places of young development. (5)

31. Descriptive of series after 21 dn. 33 ac. in weekend edition. (5)

32. Description of Skye, for instance, is a bit misleading... (4)

35. …and, for example, nothing creates an image of oneself. (3)

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 342 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, July 24, 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 5 dn. is a British variant.

The solution to The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 342, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of July.

 

 

And the drawn winner is...Julie Lindsay, making it two in a row for Rochester, NH! Let us know what you would like as a prize, Julie, a t-shirt (inc. size, general subject) or a Stephanie cartoon, and we'll get it off to you.

Also in the Hat, this month, were over a score of solvers for what some said was a slightly tougher challenge...and all the tougher the first few days, because a word was missing from the end of a clue. Deep apologies to anyone who lost brain cells as a result.

From England, were Eddie Looby of Longbridge, Bill Stewart of Leicester, Mark Nichols  of Rugby, David Simmonds of Crayford, Ian Laming of Chippenham, Keith Williams of Kings Worthy and Derek Harrison of Pegswood. From Luxembourg was Mark Roberts of Hostert. From Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia was Calfan Dary. From France were Annie & Norbert Bonnet and Keith & Huguette Simmonds of Rodez. From New Hampshire were Randy Taylor, Barbara Trow and Jim & Joanne Gray of Rochester, Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee and Chris Rogers of Farmington. From further afield in the US were Rich Pardoe of Houston, and Pat Miga of Southlake, both in Texas, J.F. Gecik of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, and the solving troika  comprising Trudy Metzger and Carolyn Williams (in Maine) and Laura Bradford (in Florida.)

Thank you all, for the entries, and while staying safe for another month, please have fun with TVLPP 342 above. Check it out, mates.

 

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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

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