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Not alert, a PM's making a U-turn (6)


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'not alert' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'a pm's making a u-turn' is the wordplay.
'a pm's' becomes 'Peels' (a9th-century prime minister Robert Peel).
'making' becomes 'a' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'a u-turn' shows that the letters should be reversed in order.
'peelsa' back-to-front is 'ASLEEP'.

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(Other definitions for asleep that I've seen before include "Having forty winks" , "Out for the count" , "Having nodded off" , "in bed?" , "Dead to the world" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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