Quick Cryptic 860 by Tracy

Anagrind-tastic.

Another test blog, just practising ready for my big day when I do it for real on TftT. Solving time 8 mintes. A little chewy in places I thought. Lots of different anagrams. LOI 6d for no good reason. CoD 7d

Across
1 Strengthen control on behalf of Church of England (9)
REINFORCE - REIN + FOR + CE (church of England)
6 Looking embarrassed about diamonds (3)
RED - RE (about) D (Diamonds, in playing card notation)
8 Male brought in injured party for treatment (7)
THERAPY - HE (male) inside anagram of ('injured') PARTY
9 Male, when working, is one who dresses stone (5)
MASON - M (male) AS (when) ON (working)
10 Flower festival failing to open (5)
ASTER - EASTER without the first letter ('failing to open')
12 Polish in Ulster, working (6)
LUSTRE - Anagram of ('working') ULSTER
14 Sausage dish: one hotel had it prepared (4-2-3-4)
TOAD-IN-THE-HOLE - Anagram of ('prepared') ONE HOTEL HAD IT. Three anagrinds already and we're only on 14d
16 Black box caught out research scientist (6)
BOFFIN - B (black, as in chess) 'box' is COFFIN, with the removal of C ('caught' as seen in a cricket scorebook)
17 Swear nothing's missing from racetrack (5)
CURSE - COURSE with the O taken out ('nothing missing')
19 Frequently fall in value? Not shares, initially (5)
OFTEN - SOFTEN, which means fall in value in the context of stock markets etc, without S ('shares initially')
20 Typical woman admitting age? Just the opposite! (7)
AVERAGE - AGE with VERA in it. Not 'woman admitting age' but 'age admitting woman' i.e. the opposite. I biffed ANTONYM at first. What an idiot.
22 Conceit, for example, shown by Oscar (3)
EGO - EG (for example) + O (oscar, as per NATO)
23 Trees attracting much interest in Hampshire town (9)
ALDERSHOT - ALDERS (trees) + HOT (attracting much interest). Home of the British Army. Used to have a brilliant lido there when I was a kid

Down
1 Withdraws religious education pamphlets (8)
RETRACTS - RE (Religious Education) + TRACTS (pamphlets)
2 Fair enough concealing intense anger (3)
IRE - hidden word 'faIR Enough'
3 Learner in market displaying natural talent (5)
FLAIR - FAIR with L in
4 Banner, excellent example (5,8)
ROYAL STANDARD - Double definitions. The royal flag with the lions on it. Apparrently there's a different one for Scotland with more lions rampant and fewer lions passant guardant.
5 As one man sees changes (2,5)
EN MASSE - Anagram of MAN SEES
6 Ice, mostly, round Irish lake (9)
RESERVOIR - RESERVE 'mostly' - always means one letter missing, + O (round) + IR (Irish)
7 Accomplished poet, we're told (4)
DONE - Sounds like DONNE, John. "And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.." etc
11 Song from old musical, tap-danced originally with special footwear (3,3,3)
TEA FOR TWO - Anagram of ('special')FOOTWEAR with T (tap-danced 'originally'). Song, musical and film. Song sung in the film by Doris Day
13 Small mountain most difficult to endure (8)
SEVEREST - S (small) + EVEREST
15 Current admirer cheers the king of Spain's eldest daughter? (7)
INFANTA - IN (current) + FAN (admirer) + TA (cheers)
17 Comfort food and drink (5)
CHEER -Double definition
18 Unknown individual in band (4)
ZONE - Z (unknowns are X Y or Z) + ONE
21 Has broken wood (3)
ASH - Anagram of ('broken') HAS

Quick Cryptic 859 by Hurley

Gosh, my first (test) blog for TftT. Big moment - I don't want to let anyone down, just want to put the ball on a good length etc. Nice and straightforward offering today, solving time just under 7 minutes. Lots of standard cryptic tropes for the less experience solver to inwardly digest.

Across
3 Old magistrate imprisons Duke for trick (5)
DODGE - Old (venetian) magistrate is DOGE, which 'imprisons' D (Duke)
7 Boot that is fine at first (6)
WELLIE - IE (that is) with WELL (fine) at front
8 Singer — a lieutenant, old (4)
ALTO - String of abbreviations - A, LT (lieutenant), O (old)
9 A drink British always mature (8)
BEVERAGE - B (British) EVER (always) AGE (mature). A word used in speech by precisely no-one.
10 Leaves and makes excuses initially unconvincing (4)
LAME - String of initials Leaves And Makes Excuses
11 Tip — try setting. It could make you well-off?! (7,6)
SITTING PRETTY - Anagram of TIP TRY SETTING
15 Facility leaving armchair viewer unmoved? (6,7)
REMOTE CONTROL - Cryptic definition. Not that cryptic. I biffed this one.
16 Reportedly run away from bloodsucker (4)
FLEA - Sounds like ('reportedly') FLEE (run away)
18 Countryman has hot stuffing for bird (8)
PHEASANT - PEASANT 'stuffed' with H
20 Eels bred in odd places in river (4)
ELBE - Every other letter ('odd places') of EeLs BrEd
21 Drink search organized (6)
CHASER - anagram of SEARCH
22 Poet’s appointment about noon (5)
DANTE - DATE (appointment) around N (noon). In crosswordland, 'Poet' always seems to mean the Divine Comedy bloke.

Down
1 Some sweetener I fetched in holiday island (8)
TENERIFE - follow-on-er: sweeTENER I FEtched. 'Some' means hidden word until proven otherwise.
2 Prompt to include large hint (4)
CLUE - CUE (prompt) with L (large) in it
3 Being forbidden to leave, in canteen I ate dinner, upset (8)
DETAINEE - another hidden word, this time backwards:  cantEEN I ATE Dinner. Quite a subtle definition this. Without checking I bunged in DETAINED, because the definition suggests an adjective, but of course 'being' is also a noun. Nice. The most important deceptive device in crosswordland is making you think of the wrong part of speech.
4 Feature of Church maybe — new beginning for Italian capital (4)
DOME - ROME with a new beginning
5 Nobleman, originally Irish, is in Paris — first to arrive? (8)
EARLIEST - EARL + I + EST (French for 'is').
6 First half of alphabet or very small amount? (4)
ATOM -  A to M is the first 13 letters.
12 Deceitful act few do after reform (3-5)
TWO-FACED - Anagram of ACT FEW DO. 'Reform' being the anagrind.
13 Demonstrated as true Church here in France (8)
PROVENCE - PROVEN + CE (church) (of England). 'Here in France' had me trying to crowbar the word 'ici' in somehow.
14 Heavily beaten in end court somehow (8)
TROUNCED - Another standard anagrind: 'Somehow'. Anagram of END COURT
17 Girl, lively, not very English (4)
LILY - LIVELY without V (very) and E (English)
18 Clear I abandoned scheme (4)
PLAN - Clear is 'PLAIN', take out the 'I'
19 Haul of southwest silver? (4)
SWAG - SW (South West) + Ag (as per periodic table)