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.
|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.
|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'.