NYT Crossword Puzzle 10-5-21 Complete (contains spoilers)

I pulled out 39D Toque: CHEFSHAT because I learned a while ago that a toque is what Canadians call a beanie. How did I learn that? Well, it was in an episode of Nathan for You. I looked it up back then and saw that here it’s a chef’s hat.

Kind of a sad theme in today’s puzzle.

17A Classic work with chapters titled “Attack by Stratagem” and “Maneuvering an Army”: THEARTOFWAR -> T[HEART]OFWAR.
24A Signature Phil Collins hit ranked among VH1’s “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s”: INTHEAIRTONIGHT -> INT[HEA]I[RT]ONIGHT.

38A Changes political affiliation: SWITCHESPARTIES -> SWITC[HE]SP[ART]IES.
48A Flee to remote safety: HEADFORTHEHILLS -> [HEA]DFO[RT]HEHILLS.

60A Despondent … as progressively suggested by 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across?: HEARTBROKEN. Though I had initially put BROKENHEART, it became evident quickly that it was not in that order.

Finished this one in 8:42.

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