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Times Quick Cryptic No 1432 by Mara

Introduction

I hesitate to say this, but I found this puzzle so easy that I didn't even have time to appreciate it. I'm not a speed solver, so it still took me 8:24 to finish it, although I believe I had all but the last three answers in about 5 minutes. I imagine the real pros will finish it even faster.

Sorry if anyone who struggled with this puzzle finds this introduction dismissive. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments.

Solutions

Across

1 Priests struggling to keep going (7)
PERSIST - PRIESTS (priests) anagrammed (struggling)
5 Somewhere to live? / Bingo! (5)
HOUSE - double definition
Didn't know the second definition: "calling house" is an old-fashioned way of saying "Bingo!".
8 Unconventional items approaching traditional crossroads in New York (5,6)
TIMES SQUARE - anagram of (unconventional) ITEMS (items) + (approaching) SQUARE (traditional)
10 Yours truly fled country in Western Asia (4)
IRAN - I (yours truly) + RAN (fled)
11 I am into Italian poet, glittering stuff (8)
DIAMANTE - I (I) + AM (am) in (into) DANTE (Italian poet)
A word for 'costume jewelry'.
12 Treasures are so fancy, five hundred nicked (6)
ADORES - ARE SO (are so) anagrammed (fancy), D (five hundred) inside (nicked)
14 Hurt serving on panel? (6)
INJURY - IN JURY (serving on panel)
16 Loveless, Joe has a wretched, resentful feeling (8)
JEALOUSY - remove O from (loveless) JOE (Joe) + (has) A (a) + LOUSY (wretched)
18 Arm commanding officer and lieutenant (4)
COLT - C.O. (commanding officer) + (and) LT. (lieutenant)
20 Reveal plug [for] spectacular production (11)
SHOWSTOPPER - SHOW (reveal) + STOPPER (plug)
22 A blooming thing happened (5)
AROSE - A (a) + ROSE (blooming thing)
23 Terror around the structure of a wing (7)
FEATHER - FEAR (terror) around (around) THE (the)
I don't know the word 'structure' in this way; I would have thought the word 'component' would be more appropriate.

Down

2 Type of apple [in] a tree, damaged (5)
EATER - A TREE (a tree) anagrammed (damaged)
3 Name is wrong, right class (7)
SEMINAR - NAME IS (name is) anagrammed (wrong) + R (right)
4 Relative calmness ultimately exists (3)
SIS - CALMNESS (calmness) reduced to its last letter (ultimately) + IS (exists)
6 In bloom, a happy US city (5)
OMAHA - the answer is inside (in) BLOOM A HAPPY (bloom a happy)
7 Top teaser puzzling, wife admitted (7)
SWEATER - TEASER (teaser) anagrammed (puzzling), W (wife) inside (admitted)
9 High standard correspondence, though not originally (7)
QUALITY - EQUALITY (correspondence) without the first letter (though not originally)
11 Talk about athletics event, summer's first (7)
DISCUSS - DISCUS (athletics event) + SUMMER's (summer's) first letter (first)
13 Stage assistant / part of the furniture? (7)
DRESSER - double definition
Someone who dresses others versus something that contains clothing.
15 Lift head up, [getting] first prize (7)
JACKPOT - JACK (lift) + TOP (head) reversed (up)
17 [Are] those seen in Mali on safari? (5)
LIONS - the answer is in (seen in) MALI ON SAFARI (Mali on safari)
19 Grand-scale composition of Elgar (5)
LARGE - anagram of (composition of) ELGAR (Elgar)
21 Love of French poem (3)
ODE - O (love) + OF (of) in French (French)
'Of' in French is 'de'.

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