Coming to the Rescue

G Q has written to me the following:

In the dark ages one could freely download crosswords from The Age for consumption at a later date.

2007 wasn’t a bad year, but we recently uncorked one from 21 December which left a little residue after we’d finished our meal:

14D Mate with answer (5)

I’ve looked it up but can’t see how it works – SERVE.

Can anyone help?

I can’t help — the answer makes little sense to me.

Can anyone lend G Q a hand?

The Gold from the 7/8th of May

17 down: Yes, one may blow this dough! (4, 5)
A very neat partial &lit: yes, one may blow = easy money = yes, one may blow this dough.

28, 24 across: Contrary source described old admirer’s locale? (5, 4)
Very much enjoyed the definition: contrary source described old = contrary roots described aged = stoor described aged = stage door = admirer’s locale.

3 down: Rings assistant for battery chicken’s second marvel (3, 3, 3)
Very much enjoyed the answer even if, as I’ve just come to realise, I don’t have a complete explanation for the aah part of marvel = ooh and aah.

Can anyone help me on this one?

The Mistake from the 7/8th of April

16 across: Horror film keeping man in reserve before rotten finale (3, 4)
The explanation goes: keeping man in reserve before rotten finale = keeping he in tome before n = the omen = horror film.

In that, you probably noticed something questionable: reserve = tome.

No need to question it, though, it’s an error, and a very understandable one that DA himself described making in his own words:

Meanwhile 16A, the clue for THE OMEN, holds a blunder. At first draft, I’d used the word ‘book’ in the clue, which hampered surface sense. As proof phase, I thought ‘reserve’ read far better, however ‘reserve’ may signal BOOK, but never TOME. A sloppy conflation. My apologies. Feel free to file under Bullshit.

If I had my time over, my salvaged clue would read: Horror film keeping bloke in work until production’s end (3,4). But that raven has flown.

I’m Confused by DA on the 7/8th of May

Here’s where you ask the questions that need answering.

Update: A couple of my queries have already been answered; not these few, though:

28, 24 down: Contrary source described old admirer’s locale? (5, 4)
So, what’s the answer?

14 down: Do Mem Fox panto with fake curtains? (4, 6)
I think there’s a joke here I’m missing.

DA on the 7/8th of May

It’s not usually two thematic crosswords in a row, but I’m betting this one’s a goodie.

Am I right?

(No spoilers in the comments of this post till Monday)

Update: Yep, an easy one, although I still managed to miss a couple:

DA Gold (from the 30th April/1st of May)

Yes, it’s back:

23 across: Pennant regulars keeping fit? Vice versa (9)
Clever: pennant regulars keeping fit? Vice versa = enn keeping belong vice versa = belong keeping enn = bennelong = theme.

25 across: Likely leader to come second (6)
A delight to the clue’s words all snug in the same semantic range: likely leader to come second = odds on leader to come second = Dodson = theme.

4 down: Mouth, say, true to form (7)
Wonderfully-well-hidden anagram: say, true to form = estuary = mouth.

7 down: Some pang in atrium! (6)
I’ll nearly always include &lits in DA Gold: some pang in atrium! = some pang in atrium! = angina = some pang in atrium!.

22 down: Ringmaster makes bet about no ring vanishing? (6)
Excellent reference to the composer: makes bet about no ring vanishing? = wager about no o vanishing = wagnoer – o = Wagner = ringmaster.

21 down: A crossword legend in love, cherished Old England (6)
I loved the reference to a legend of the trade: a crossword legend in love cherished = a LB in o cherished = Albion = Old England.

26 across: 20-across’s (Mark Ella) sister Pat? (8)
Freakin’ brilliant, the pick of the bunch: Mark Ella’s sister Pat? = Pat Ella = Kneebone = theme.