Across

  8. Crazy Reagan has nothing for a Californian tree. (7)

  9. Greek letter opposed to Italian wine. (7)

10. Odd athlete brings banned booze ashore. (3-6)

11. Young dog gets Award of Excellence for finding inactive butterflies. (5)

12. My dear hung around St. Louis – no kidding! (8)

13. My hamely ------ burns bonnie an’ smiles my sweet Marie,
      I left my heart behind me, in my ain countrie.
(6)

15. Having validity only after specified conditions are met is in reverse! (4)

16. See 2 down or 23 down.

17. Sets camera to catch a swindle. (4)

20. Not on stage to compensate for something else. (6)

22. Female head covering rent to king for locks specialist. (8)

25. Sea veggie makes endlessly dull points. (5)

26. Immediate consequence of following calculus! (9)

27. Some superhero is terrible to engage in noisy revelry. (7)

28. Important people are said to big on Cheshire and Gloucester. (7)

Down

  1. Scraps with bizarre fellows before holy man pops up. 8)

  2, 16 across. Roger’s a chum who can make music to play in derision of an expellee. (6,5)

  3. Dr. West and the Rev. Paisley are in the semi-precious category. (9)

  4. Gollop what may be around the neck. (5)

  5. What cheeks may have in common with golf balls. (7)

  6. One shoots at people from cover and at wading birds for sport. (6)

  7. Perambulate on horseback and show dire difficulty for those ones at Utah National Park. (4,3,7)

  8. Dismissal of instructions for departing troops? (8,6)

14. Puzzle types are kinda stoic imprisoned in smashed cars. (9)

18. Wantonly craves No. 34, causing big split. (8)

19. Under Scottish mountain, swallow heroin. (7)

21. Flick Elizabeth’s hubby, it sounds like. (6)

23, 16 across. Compelled month to show rapid advancement. (6)

24. Israel-born Jew got Arabs upset. (5)

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 302 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 24, 2017 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.

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. 302, 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 tripled in recent years and now costs $15 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. will be a signed Stephanie cartoon rather than a T-shirt.

 

 

And the winner is ...

Barbara Bierweiller of Ossipee, NH...

 

We'll dispatch a signed cartoon your way, Barbara, in a day or two, unless you are completely blocked in with snow.

We have had 81" in Farmington since the beginning of December, but I am sure Ossipee can beat that.

 

Also in the Hat, this month, were Mark Nichols (Rugby), Eddie Looby (Longbridge), Keith Williams (Kingsworthy), Derek Harrison (Bedlington), David Simmonds (Dartford) and David Nash (Coleford), all in England, while Gron Roberts from good old Wales also emailed an all-correct entry.

Other solvers, this month, included Rich Pardoe from Houston, and Pat Miga Colleyville, Texas; 

Temporary Floridians Nancy Hebert (Palm Bay), Trudy Metzger (Titusville) and Laura Bradford (Venice). Carolyn Williams seems to be AWOL this month, but may still be digging out from Maine's last blizzard. 

From New Hampshire, puzzle-solvers come Randy Taylor, Julie Lindsay, and Jim & Joanne Gray of Rochester, Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, and Chris Rogers of Farmington.

Other Hat-mates were Calfan Dary of Bali, far from the snowblower's ignoble strife, and Keith & Huguette Simmonds, and Clara and Heloise Bonnet, of Rodez, France, where spring may have arrived.

Very near misses were recorded by Larry Reynolds, who stumbled over Adam's Ale, Rochester being a Budweiser city, and Jane Carville of Wolfeboro, NH, who strayed slightly in the upper right corner.

 

Once again, thank you, everyone, for your entries and now, please have fun with TVLPP No. 302, posted above.

 

News snippets

Ossipee appears to be the world's one and only Ossipee, and was originally known as Wigwam Village. It claims to be the home of the first snowmobile! It is also home to a gravel train that hauls laden cars down to Boston every day.

 

Thanks to everybody for the concern with our wellbeing re the totally wrecked car. The insurance company was fair, and a new Elantra is now on the road, although extra wary of large snowplows and distracted drivers.

 

With so much snow cover, this winter, the wild turkeys are flapping and trudging down off Whitehouse Mountain to River Road in search of daily food. We had a flock of between 44 and 48 birds (they keep moving  and squabbling around) below the bird feeders this morning, so I give  'em sunflower seeds. Most of the birds will disappear when spring comes in late March, and not a single one will be around from April 28, as junior hunting season opens on April 29, and turkeys have an uncanny instinct of sensing these things.

At one point they were an endangered species in NH, but have made an astounding comeback, to the great delight of bobcats and coyotes.

The pic below has about half the current flock in it, with our bird feeder in the foreground.

 

 

 

 

 

The last 15+ 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 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)

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

No. 219 - Annie Bonnet of Rodez, France

No. 220 - Veronique Bonnet, Limoges, 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 - Huguette 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 Crayford, Dartford, 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 Noack, 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 and/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 Limoges, 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, Dartford, 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 Willams, 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 Willams, Kings Worthy, Winchester, England

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

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

No. 284 - Jane Carville/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, Houston, Texas, USA

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

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

 

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