Across

  1. Each morn, I rise with no trouble, whatever the circumstances. (4,4,2,5)

  9. Seem unhappy about church plan. (6)

10. One needs another to click and thus go fishing. (8)

12. Rasta god holds on for a jinx. (5)

13. Upset? Listen two or three times for a Christmas song. (3,2,4)

16. Wacky dolls go around doing business as kooks. (8)

17. They’re not clergy members and downplay Mennonitism somewhat. (6)

18. Dance observed – and it cuts awkward shapes! (6)

20. Hair has to be sore. (8)

22. Haiti pest may cause jaundice. (9)

24. Perfect first person to trade. (5)

25. Sit out, or it’s wrongful.       (8)

27. French cop holds restraining order for merrymaking. (6)

28. Pour a gin and toss card jauntily. (4,4,3,4)

Down

  2. French relative holds lute, and Anaïs is delightedly happy. (2,5,4)

  3. One is known, come springtime, to 27 across and you, it’s said, with hurried flight. (3,4)

  4. See 27dn.

  5. Point to poor clue and we find the kernel. (7)

  6. Enlightened person and gentleman rises over informal greeting. (5)

  7. Common talk but uncommonly rash? Aye! (7)

  8. Born half Pawnee. (3)

11. Fancy marble thong. (3)

14. Getting too warm and given to awkwardness around Titan. (11)

15, 22dn., 21dn. Vacillate when temperature extremes follow calamity. (4,3,3,4)

17. Luxuriant drunkard. (4)

19. Hardy…even when Oliver’s buddy is around. (7)

20. What belongs to me, I like, and is something that flies cause. (7)

21. See 15 dn.

22. See 15 dn.

23. I get cross over nothing with rear admiral to supply year-round flowering shrub. (5)

26. Do up a room in a harem. (3)

27, 4dn. Fail to get in beer, but this is often grand. (6)

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 336 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Jan. 17, 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. A couple of answers may need to be confirmed via Google. In this "British-style" crossword, punctuation marks in clues are best ignored, as a rule. The answer to 20 ac. requires the American spelling.

The solution to The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 336, along with the name of the winner, and everyone else submitting correct solutions, will be published on this site towards the end of January.

***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 drawn winner this month is...Pat Miga of Colleyville, Texas. Let us know if you would prefer a T-shirt or a cartoon, Pat, and your mailing address, and we'll try to get your prize out before Christmas.

Also in the Hat this month was nearish neighbor Rich Pardoe of Houston, along with J.F. Anonymous of Ohio, and NH-ites Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee, Jane Carville of Wolfeboro, Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, Chris Rogers of Farmington, and Randy Taylor, Julie Lindsay and Jim & Joanne Gray of Rochester. Across the Atlantic, in England, were Ian Laming of Chippingham, Derek Harrison of Pegswood, David Nash of Coleford, Mark Nichols of Rugby, Eddie Looby of Longbridge, Keith Williams of Kingsworthy, William Stewart of Leicester, and David Simmonds of Crayford. Ian Simpson of Edinburgh, Scotland (hurrah) was in the Hat along with Gron Roberts of Neath, Wales. Annie & Norbert Bonnet and Keith & Huguette Simmonds of Rodez, France were Hat people, as was Calfan Dary of Bali, Indonesia, who may be roasting his Christmas pig as I type.

A single word tripped up two other-wise solid entries... that word being "Frails", which, to my astonishment (as someone who frails daily) is not listed in Merriam Webster nor Chambers in the sense of plucking a banjo. My apologies for not including an alerting footnote.

Anyway, well worth a mention in dispatches were Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg (flails) and the Maine-Florida combo of Caroline Williams, Laura Bradford and Trudy Metzger (flairs).

Thank you all for your entries and now, have some fun with TVLPP 336, above.

Also, if you sail through this, have a bash at Eddie Looby and Keith Williams' Christmas puzzle on Derek Harrison's site mentioned just below.

Merry Christmas and a guid Hogmanay to ane and a'.

 

LINKS

 

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

 

3D Crossword Calendar in aid of RNIB (charity for the blind) and BBC Children in Need can be found here http://www.calendarpuzzles.co. uk/ 

 

 

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 Crawford, 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 Cornville, 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 Colleyville, Texas, USA

 

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