I thought it was all right and enjoyed the puzzle.
Maybe not among Picaroon's finest, but Prize-worthy IMO with plenty of good clues. Thanks to "Pickers".
I had some trouble, feared a DNF but fortunately a few pesky near-forgotten words came to mind. Didn't even have to consult Google, which is rare for Prizes.
Don't see a theme, but there seem to be a lot of "almost" or "incomplete word/term" clues, which I found clever and took time to parse.
FOI 23a. Started slowly, but got 9 early, which was encouraging.
Have to go with 11 as COD, 22 runner-up. The long list for COD also included 12, 24, 9, 8, 15, 4, 3, 14 and 17!