15 down: Lobsters can almost eat reddish one in pontoon (9)
I now realise I made a mistake on this one, putting in crustacia instead of crustacea. Either way, though, I’ve got no explanation for why can almost eat reddish one in pontoon = crustacea = lobsters.
16 across: European contrarily secure about a medium (7)
Here, European = latvian and via = medium. I don’t have much else, though.
7, 27 across: Philosopher cooked gourmet schnitzel, cut and prepared with cream core (9, 9)
Was this a mistake on DA’s part or have I just got something wrong? I had cooked = fried, gourmet = rich, schnitzel cut and prepared = nietzsch and cream core = e so that cooked gourmet schnitzel, cut and prepared with cream core = friedrich nietzsche = philosopher.
My issue: cream core should be ea, not e.
18 across: Lament route, oddly or French-ly! (3)
I just can’t make this one out cleanly. I can see route oddly = rue = lament, but what is the or French-ly there for?