Across

  1, 32 ac. Playwright uses old style vehicle, roomy, with learner inside. (5,5)

  4. City annulment center. (3)

  6. See 6 dn.

  9. Raised fortification or twisted horn, perhaps. (7)

10. Strange names! Is Japanese lute an example? (7)

11. Turkish official has big measure of beer with no head on it. (5)

12,13. Charming half of philosophical remark. (7)

15, 29 dn. From Rwanda, herbs are pulverized for a playwright. (7,4)

16. See 25 ac.

20, 22. Playwright uses American wrestler, European river, Calvin Klein and French square! (6,7)

25, 16 ac. Author needs best mark, or is distressed. (4,6)

27. Something of intense interest, short-lived and briefly featuring art deco. (3)

28. Smartass, ethically, has something of virtue. (5)

30. She played the flute and he showed brief thanks to Hindu wind god. (7)

31. Chief technology officer is engrossed in work for sea creature. (7)

32. See 1 ac.

33, 34. Fool thinks highly of fertilizers. (8)

 

Down

  1. See 8 dn. or 27 dn.

  2. Contend it often follows Dot and arch-nemesis of Mickey Mouse. (7)

  3. Change order of back scope. (9)

  4. United Nations to get voting district? That’s inappropriate. (8)

  5. Mother and offspring who invented canning jars? (5)

  6, 6 ac. Henry and Maynard have get-together for another writer. (5,5)

  7. It conceals a lot when wild ox traps cured hams. (7)

  8, 1 dn. Dear Bonnie - novel writer! (4,6)

14. See 18 dn.

17. Resemble one continuous recorded scene, later. (4,5)

18, 14 dn. Has odd Scandinavian coin on land. (6)

19. Passed rush to get locking mechanism.  (8)

21. In drama, Rita learned something relating to marriage. (7)

23. Opt, perhaps, to become a drunkard... (7)

24. …and opt, perhaps, to have sibling get eyelid disorder. (6)

26. Nice month to receive the French vine from Hawaii. (5)

27, 1 dn. Writer’s custard tart given name – nothing second-class, nothing in French! (5,6)

29. See 15 ac.  

 

Musical Notes

In a crossword far away

Flute and Flute did briefly play

Caring not what people say --

Ah, but that was Saturday!

To take their place among the clues

Came Lute and Lute, the day was Tues.

Alas, ‘twas no compiler’s ruse,

‘Twas numbskullism, please excuse,

Now goodly Lute and Flute hold sway

At 10 across and 30A,

Upon a chill Thanksgiving Day,

Let’s celebrate and hit the booze!

More Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 311 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Dec. 22, 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. 311, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of December.

***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. will be a signed Stephanie cartoon rather than a T-shirt.

 

And the winner of TVLPP 310 is ... 

Jane Carville of Wolfeboro, NH (with or without granddaughter, Samantha Warren). Let us know what you would like as a prize, Jane ... a T-shirt or a Stephanie cartoon).

 

Also in the Hat of Correct Solvers, this month, were Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, Randy Taylor, Julie Lindsay and Jim & Joanne Gray of Rochester, and Chris Rogers of Farmington, all in NH; the trusty trio of Laura Bradford (Venice Fla.), Trudy Metzger (Titusville, Fla.) and Carole Williams (freezing in Topsham, Maine); Rich Pardoe and Pat Miga in toasty Texas; Nancy Mooney Hebert of Palm Bay, Fla.; J.F. Gecik of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; the fine yeomen of England - Derek Harrison, Mark Nichols, Eddie Looby, Keith Williams and David Nash; Gron Roberts of Neath, Wales; and Calfan Dary of Bali, Indonesia.

Keith Simmonds of the French-Trinidad-England combo, e-mailed early in the month to announce they had solved it, but no puzzles were attached.

Eck Elliot of Westport, Massachusetts, in consultation with Joanne Garfield, almost solved it, but balked at "dudeen" even though he knows the Irish song the "Rocks of Bawn" where it gets a mention.

Ah, weel!

Thank you all for the entries and now, I hope you enjoy with TVLPP 311, above.

 

NOTES

Winner of TVLPP 309, Larry Reynolds (who uncharacteristically did not mail in an entry this month) ... let us know what you would like as a prize!

LINK

www.crossword.org.uk/  A gateway to British puzzledom and Derek Harrison's own extensive contributions.

Be sure to check out Seasons Greetings in December on Derek's site site,  as it is yet another combo creation by Eclogue, Eddie Looby and Keith Williams.

 

 

 

 

The last 16 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 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 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 - 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 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

 

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