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Quick Cryptic 1894 by Pedro

So after a run of tricky ones, I think this will come a bit of welcome relief, being a romp for the most part. That said, I couldn't get started in the usual place, and ended up going clockwise from the NE corner. 6 minutes for me.


Across
1 Expert way to cover half of Olympics (8)
POLYMATH - PATH round OLYM
5 Plans returning this unwanted correspondence (4)
SPAM - MAPS backwards
9 Growing season, putting out new branch (5)
SPRIG - SPRING minus N for new
10 Be audacious in the fitting-room? (3,2,2)
TRY IT ON - Double definition of sorts
11 Hot, with sources of some peppers removed, implies cold (3)
ICY - SPICY minus S(ome) and P(eppers)
12 Farmer, maybe, having unhappy experience with computer network (9)
LANDOWNER - DOWNER with LAN (local area network) in front.
13 Poorly-lit weaving machine blocking outside of gallery (6)
GLOOMY - G(aller)Y with LOOM inside
15 Prize in conflict secured by Communist (6)
REWARD - WAR inside RED
17 Riotous cheering around Western part of London (9)
GREENWICH - Anagram ('riotous') of CHEERING + W
19 Bath, say, having reduced width (3)
SPA - SPAN without the last letter
20 Dull photo with flowery girl in it (7)
PROSAIC - ROSA inside PIC
21 One million going to a good European picture (5)
IMAGE - I + M + A + G + E
22 Remains of the French Saint (4)
DUST - DU + ST
23 Vision certainly possessed by rowing crew (8)
EYESIGHT - YES inside EIGHT

Down
1 Handing over additional information about a carol (7)
PASSING - PS (additional info) with A inside, + SING
2 A lot of historical knowledge attached to railway truck (5)
LORRY - LORE is historical knowledge. I suppose 'LOR' is a lot of 'LORE'. Add RY for railway.
3 Power-crazed individual confused by a magical omen (12)
MEGALOMANIAC - Anagram ('confused') of A MAGICAL OMEN
4 Giant bird heads for Alpine nest (5)
TITAN - TIT + A(lpine) N(est)
6 Peanut I fancy as a flowering plant (7)
PETUNIA - Anagram ('fancy') of PEANUT I
7 One digs up some chrysanthemum in error (5)
MINER - hidden word: chrysanthemuM IN ERrror
8 Cryptic shone fantastically: a spectacular display! (12)
PYROTECHNICS - Anagram ('fantastically') of  CRYPTIC SHONE
14 Old Emperor taking on America, implying a lot of work (7)
ONEROUS - O + NERO + US
16 Dictionary includes “beer” as local usage (7)
DIALECT - ALE inside DICT. I suppose 'dict.' is some sort of recognised abbreviation of dictionary.
17 Doctor penning article: editor looked astonished (5)
GAPED - GP round A + ED
18 Church in urban area losing head, getting irritated (5)
ITCHY - CH inside [C]ITY
19 Industrial waste receiving name in informal language (5)
SLANG - N for name inside SLAG
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