Across

  1. The rotted meat he cooked, and bore

      Stiletto knives and guns galore. (5,2,3,5) 

11. Place of special importance to Muslims gives greeting to sun-god. (4)

12. Bird seen in company of grouse, lately. (5)

13. Training machine uses card when old Asian city loses NBA center. (9)

14. I wailed to the listener and glanced over. (9)

15. Composition for fewer than ten performers has no device to catch trapeze act. (5)

16. Odd to come back with fifty in narrow-mouthed fish basket. (6)

17. Sexually active man with debts is spending much time reading. (8)

20. Belfast resident, for instance, last month got on with John from Dundee. (8)

22. Jagged mountain chain of Nevada is in California! (6)

25. Czech humorist has extensive knowledge to start out. (5)

27. Based on unscientific observations, located an alternative. (9)

28. So who goes astray with American jails? (9)

29. Retain lawyers to accommodate relative. (5)

32. Coward appears when boxer Spinks makes a comeback. (4)

33, 6 dn. Adventurous seafaring talk…wait…host views with scepticism! (5,4,1,5,2,4)

Down

  2. Regret, one hears, being a village on Gare Loch. (3)

  3. Perceive incorrectly if it’s said the lady is present... (7)

  4. …before some peeress! (3)

  5. Dog of Croatian coast. (9)

  6. See 33 ac.

  7. Sing with closed lips? I use a heartless ditty and airborne water vapour. (8)

  8. Cards remaining after the deal in canasta (long version).     (5)

  9. Gradually destroy running water with metal, until… (3,4)

10. …it’s difficult to accept, as a sword must be. (4,2,7)

12. See 26 dn.

18. Diminishing in strength after motoring offence (initially, no driving license) involves gin cocktail. (9)

19. Crested penguin was an 18th century dandy. (8)

21. Grass clump begins transferring unsightly stains onto footwear. (7)

23. Rodent infester is real fat, and on the move. (3,4)

24. Some barmen schools can produce a morally principled person. (6)

26, 12 dn. Defies the dentist and reveals nothing confidential. (5,4,5,4)

30. Neither companion commences nuclear operational research. (3)

31. Spinks beat him in an equalizer. (3)

Notes

E-mail your solutions of The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 347 by the closing date of 4 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Dec. 18, 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 solution to The Very Logical Prize Puzzle No. 347, 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. (and within if preferred) will be a signed Stephanie cartoon rather than a T-shirt. 

 

And the drawn winner of TVLPP 346 is ... Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg. Congratulations, Mark, and a Stephanie cartoon will soon be heading your way.

Also in the Hat, this month, were Ian Simpson of Edinburgh, Scotland; Keith & Huguette Simmonds, and Annie & Norbert Bonnet of Rodez, France; Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali; a healthy English contingent including Ann Holme of Salsibury, Keith Williams of Kings Worthy, David Nash, of Coleford, Derek Harrison of Pegswood, Mark Nichols of Rugby, Eddie Looby of Longbridge, Bill Stewart of Leicester, and David Simmonds of Crayford; New Hampshire's Larry Reynolds (thematically colorful envelope), Julie Lindsay, Randy Taylor and Jim & Joanne Gray all of Rochester, plus Anne & Bruce Smith of Strafford, Chris Rogers of Farmington and Barbara Bierweiler of Ossipee; Texans Rich Pardoe of Houston and Patricia Miga of Southlake, and Ohioan J.F. Gecik of Sheffield Lake. Hopefully that is everyone, but if not, pipe up at once for an apology and correction.

Thanks you all for your entries which, as they arrive in Covid times, are as cheering as sunbeams.

Please enjoy TVLPP 347 above...the 1 ac. clue is a tip of the hat to the late Edward Gorey, whose house - now a museum of tribute - is certainly worth a visit if ever passing through Yarmouth on Cape Cod (once these cruel days are o'er.)

 

Notes

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

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.

 

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 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 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

No. 343 - Calfan Dary of Anggabaya, Bali, Indonesia

No. 344 - Laura Bradford, somewhere in Maine USA

No. 345 - Randy Taylor, Rochester, NH, USA

No. 346 - Mark Roberts of Hostert, Luxembourg

 

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