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New York Times, Friday, August 20, 2021

Who said "The greatest victory is that which requires no battle"

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 26 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 117 for Mr. Ross.
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© 2021, The New York Times8/20/21 ( No. 26,218 )
Across
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Everyone's talking about them : HOTTOPICS
10
Kind of infection : STAPH
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Water color : OCEANBLUE
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See 22-Across : THREE
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Routine part of a routine : STALEJOKE
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Joe Louis in Detroit, for one : ARENA
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Controls : TAMES
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Executive check : VETOPOWER
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16-Across squared : NINE
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Cowboys' headgear : HELMETS
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Who said "The greatest victory is that which requires no battle" : SUNTZU
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Short accompanying article : SIDEBAR
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Near : CLOSEINON
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Surname of father-and-son N.B.A. coaches Paul and Stephen : SILAS
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Passing stat: Abbr. : ATT
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Border county of New York or Pennsylvania : TIOGA
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Ear-related prefix : OTO
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More widespread : RIFER
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Provider of inside info? : CTSCANNER
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Natalie of "Today" : MORALES
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Like best friends : TRUEST
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"Saving Private Ryan" or "Apocalypse Now" : WAREPIC
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Martin who directed "Norma Rae" : RITT
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Superhero misidentification : ITSAPLANE
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Sickens with sweetness : CLOYS
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Apt surname for a librarian : READE
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Kowtowed (to) : TOADIEDUP
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Aunt in "Oklahoma!" : ELLER
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Patronizing types : CLIENTELE
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Certain textile workers : DYERS
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Took control of : HARNESSED
Down
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Hope at the Oscars, e.g. : HOST
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Half of hexadeca- : OCTA
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A's, but not B's or C's : TEAM
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Singing and dancing, say : TALENTS
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Descriptor for most scarves, but not gloves : ONESIZE
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Sticky sandwich, for short : PBJ
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Words before "New York" and "Paris," in song titles : ILOVE
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Salad veggie : CUKE
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Hallucinate : SEETHINGS
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Big box store that sells boxes : STAPLES
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Blood clots : THROMBI
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Question of humanity that has never been answered : AREWEALONE
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Gets through : PENETRATES
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Gets word : HEARS
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Ref. work that took more than 70 years to complete : OED
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Ravel's "Gaspard de la ___" : NUIT
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___ for life : SCAR
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In the end : ULTIMATELY
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Off the market : NOTFORSALE
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Covers with chimney grime : SOOTS
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Compliment to an outfielder : NICECATCH
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Excel command : SORT
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Dramatic beginning : ACTI
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Travel item for bookworms : EREADER
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Rick Ross, Roddy Ricch and Rakim : RAPPERS
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French film festival fare : ARTCINE
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Snacks for squirrels : NUTLETS
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Short, for short : LIL
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Maybe too alert : WIRED
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Syndicate, in a way : REAIR
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City at one end of Lake Pontchartrain, for short : NOLA
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They can be Sapphic : ODES
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Log time : YULE
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Catalyzed, with "up" : SPED
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Cubby hole? : DEN

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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