Posted by nmsindy on February 12th, 2008
Another superb themed puzzle from Virgilius, with the usual crop of outstanding clues, wonderful surface readings and many a smile raised. Solving time: 21 mins. The theme is phrases with the abbreviation PC.
* = anagram < = reversal
5 CLEMENT (Attlee). Labour PM appointed in 1945 at the end of World War II after a landslide election victory for Labour.
13 PEA Hidden The P of PC.
19 SEE The C of PC. Excellent surface. see(ing) = dating.
25 PRIVY COUNSELLOR The 1319 here gave me the theme, about 10 mins into solving.
It refers to the clue numbers. I’d first written “Councillor” but the crossing word resolved it, if I’m right. Collins for example gives both spellings.
26 REEFERS Double definition.
27 PER CENT PC
1 C (OP S) HOP 9 is POLICE CONSTABLE
2 RALLY (tennis) court.
4 (Friar) TUCK Ref. Robin Hood
5 CON SORTING “Associating Tory with creating class distinctions”. Masterly.
6 ‘ECT (OP) IC 22 is HECTIC.
8 THE (URGe) Y Right part of fairway = its last (i.e. rightmost) letter
12 A (LLIG A) TORS (a gill)< (sort)*
14 AFTER LIFE (i.e. a life sentence)
17 A COL (colonel) YTE (yet)*
18 SHE-BEAR “One looking out for Ursa Minor, naturally” This was the one crossing the doubtful part of 25. I think what’s intended it that the she-bear would looking after its young i.e. the little bear (Ursa Minor – from Latin – stars)
23 TIL(D)E Another wonderful surface. A tilde would appear over the n of Senor in Spanish
24 SNAP Triple definition.