A welcome return to what was a PB Christmas Day tradition
There was a time when Christmas Day on PB wasn’t Christmas Day without the annual crossword by St John. We’ll this year he’s back and here it is. Enjoy and have a great day.
Thanks to everybody who had made the site what it is. To my son Robert whose hobby since for nearly 12 years had been keeping the technical infrastructure working a big thanks. Also to TSE who’s my stand-in and let’s me have regular holidays as well as providing regular insights from his Conservative campaigner perspective.
Since the general election I’ve sought to extend the range of regular contributors to join Harry Hayfield who does the local by-elections and David Herdson who has been contributing here the longest.
We’ve now got the pollster Keiran Pedley with the excellent PB/Polling Matters podcasts; my former BBC news colleague Don Brind, Alistair Meeks, formerly Antifrank, as well as many others.
A thank you to Mark Hopkins of Nojam for the excellent competition widgets and also, of course, the many commenters on the site who regularly share their views, insights and occasionally betting tips that prove to be winners.
Finally there’s the moderation team who are there to keep me out of the law courts and to try to ensure the conversation remains civilised.
Everybody works on a voluntary basis.
I should add that I’m hoping that we’ll see the return of Marf in the New Year.
Happy Christmas to everybody.
1 Former parliamentarian attends Point to Point as Prime Minister (10)
6 Preserves King out East (4)
8 State banks are broken (8)
9 VW reportedly hid a carbon problem ultimately abhorrent to nature (6)
10 Prime Minister briefly identified with his opponent’s wife (4)
11 Red Queen is a female chess piece (4,6)
12 Michael Collins was one revolutionary leader eliminated over a Union (10)
14 With old age society decreases (5)
17 Condition of second philanthropist (5)
19 Writer is a woman’s MP (9)
22 Liberal Democrat leader, surprisingly sure at replacing Left, is of
variable quality (7,3)
23 Collaborators in a Northumberland village (4)
24 Intellectual Prime Minister nearly retired holding a speciality (6)
25 Reagan’s campaign message was characteristically negative (8)
26 Blooming short Prime Minister (4)
27 Governing while wearing political colours is Panglossian (4-6)
1 Right wing was caught up in dodgy conflicts (5,4)
2 Pitched battles over Clause Four in the past? (3,4)
3 Franklin Island or resort (8)
4 Republican Cat supports a pair of Democrats in America (8,7)
5 Whitehouse fought for this intern (6)
6 Rebel leader was a cabinet minister (4,5)
7 Chancellor said to be overly sentimental (7)
13 After retreating President Kennedy withdrew (9)
15 Disengaged and rejected Healey embraced idle action (9)
16 Tony Benn’s time as the most divisive figure (8)
18 Tory leader insulting to the French Prime Minister (7)
20 On course to overtake and expose Left wing extremist (7)
21 No single lover was once an MP (6)