I know, I know. Very few people will ever have this problem, but at 10 posts per page, I still have around 190 pages.
As it happens I don't want to get rid of or prune them, I'd much rather try and get the pagination to play ball.
To be clear...I can't tell if this problems is part of the theme's functions.php or the inherent pagination code in the WP install.
Before you ask...I already know this isn't a plugin issue, and the permalink structure works fine and has been rebuilt a couple times just in case...it's either the theme or the WP code...just cant tell which.