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New York Times, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"The supreme ___ of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting": Sun Tzu

Author:
Jeffrey Wechsler
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Jeffrey Wechsler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Wechsler.
Jeffrey Wechsler notes:
This puzzle has a relatively simple theme concept that I think turned out nicely (YMMV). Either the word TRICYCLE or PENTAGON occurred to me ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Three phrases literalized, TRICYCLE (tri CYCLE) presented as CYCLECYCLECYCLE, QUADRANT = RANTRANTRANTRANT, PENTAGON = GONGONGONGONGON. I've ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times3/22/17 ( No. 24,606 )
Across
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"___ yourself!" : BRACE
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Crayfish feature : CLAW
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Figure of the underground economy? : MINER
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Fresh air's opposite? : RERUN
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Well positioned (for) : RIPE
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Barrel part : STAVE
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"Waiting for Lefty" playwright : ODETS
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Many a toy train track : OVAL
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Variable estimated by pollsters : ERROR
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Kid's transport, literally : CYCLECYCLECYCLE
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Drove off : SHOOED
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Night class subj. : ESL
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Cells for new generations : OVA
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Sch. with campuses in Brooklyn and Brookville : LIU
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___ steak (British term for a sirloin cut) : RUMP
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Unrenewed, as a subscription : LAPSED
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Les États-___ : UNIS
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Present location, when visiting the boondocks : OUTHERE
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Graph section, literally : RANTRANTRANTRANT
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Secret application, perhaps : AEROSOL
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"False face must hide what the false heart doth ___": Macbeth : KNOW
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Nonmeat choices at a deli counter : PASTAS
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With 55-Across, preservative for fine wood furniture : TEAK
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Laila of the ring : ALI
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Many meses in México : ANO
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See 50-Across : OIL
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Mass figure : DEACON
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Military headquarters, literally : GONGONGONGONGON
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Hacking target : EMAIL
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State firmly : AVER
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Biblical book duo : KINGS
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Salon procedure : RINSE
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Designer Wang : VERA
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Descriptor of many statesmen : ELDER
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Brawl : SETTO
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Stream disturbance : EDDY
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Edges up to : NEARS
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"Dude!" : BRO
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Cold War threat : REDCHINA
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Dealer's query : AREYOUIN
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Big brand of kitchen knives : CUTCO
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Eve who wrote "The Vagina Monologues" : ENSLER
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Swamp critter : CROC
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Early historian of ancient Rome : LIVY
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Quickly : APACE
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"The Shape of Things to Come" author : WELLS
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Brief period in nuclear physics: Abbr. : MSEC
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Modest response to a compliment : ITRY
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D.E.A. agents, informally : NARCOS
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Change through time : EVOLVE
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Like favorite literary passages : REREAD
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Part of the URL for 27-Across : EDU
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Popular afternoon talk show : ELLEN
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"You lowdown, no-good bum," e.g. : SLUR
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One-track : MONO
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Sets (down) : PUTS
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"The supreme ___ of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting": Sun Tzu : ART
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Corner office, maybe : PERK
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R.B.I., for one : STAT
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Accelerated pace : TROT
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In the pink : HALE
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Actor Stephen : REA
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Basis of some insurance fraud : ARSON
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Amazon menace : ANACONDA
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What "ex-" means : NOLONGER
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Duplicate : TWIN
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Obsolescent communications devices : PAGERS
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Severe malaise : ANOMIE
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Like "n" and "r," in phonetics : SONANT
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Kerfuffle : ADO
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Popular puzzle invented in Japan : KENKEN
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Words on some blood drive stickers : IGAVE
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Enjoyed immensely : LOVED
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Like "Dancing With the Stars" dancers : AGILE
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Basic concept : GIST
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Nondairy substitute : OLEO
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Jerry Lewis's "Nutty Professor" was an early example of one : NERD
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Overcast : GRAY
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Most AARP members: Abbr. : SRS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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