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SUNDAY,SEPTEMBER27,2015|THE DESERT SUN|DESERTSUN.COM 7E STARWATCHTODAY IN HISTORY A CES ON BRIDGE T HOUGHT FOR TODAY Today's Jumble solution Today is Sunday, September 27, the 270th day of 2015. There are 95 days left in the year. On this date in: 1540: Pope Paul III issued a papal bull establishing the S ociety of Jesus, or Jesuits, as areligious order. 1854: The first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean passenger vessel occurred when the steamship SS Arctic sank off Newfoundland; of the more than 400 people on board, only 86 survived. 1935: Judy Garland, at age 13, signed a seven-year contract with MGM. 1939: Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II. 1954: “Tonight!,” hosted by Steve Allen, made its debut on NBC-TV. 1964: The government publicly released the report of the Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy. 1979: Congress gave its final approval to forming the U .S. Department of Education. 1995: The government unveiled its redesigned $100 bill, featuring a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin. (Yet another redesign, featuring a high- tech makeover aimed at thwarting counterfeiters, was announced in April 2010.) 2005: Army reservist Lynndie England was sentenced to three years behind bars for her role in the Abu G hraib prison scandal. (She ended up serving half that t ime.) 2010: Southwest Airlines announced the $1.4 billion purchase of AirTran. T hought for Today: “I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.” — “Josh Billings” (Henry Wheeler Shaw), American humorist (1818-1885). 12345678910111213141516 17181920 21222324 252627 282930 3132333435363738 394041 4243444546474849 505152 5354555657 585960616263 646566676869707172 73747576777879 808182 838485 8687888990919293 949596 979899100101 102103104105 106107108109 110111112113 ITSTIMEKUDUCLARA FROWNATSPINESOUTBOX FINISHAHEADOFSCHEDULE YEASTORBSTROYTEL DRTMANILALOADSOF AGEBEFOREBEAUTY PINETAROMITSTASER FEMALETRUANTSENORA GRANDOPENINGSALESFAN SINKROTUNDEATAT LILYESTDLPGASCAD DEARSTAOISTTRUE UPIWAYBEHINDTHETIMES MOOINGADAGESNOVOTE PETRIPRIZEMUTTERS ONEAFTERANOTHER STUNGUNSLATESOPT IRSRESTMAGIASONE FORMFOLLOWINGFUNCTION TUDORSINPLAYSILENTI STACYPEAKBLURTED No. 0920 09/27/15 NYT CROSSWORD ■ PUT A LID ON IT! By Jason Mueller / Edited by Will Shortz Answers to last week’s Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Just 5 Many lines of code 8 Legitimate 13 Demolish 17 You can learn something by this 18 Portrait overlooking Tiananmen Square 19 23-Across topper 20 One getting a tax write-off, maybe 21 Filer’s concern 23 Fictional archaeologist 25 28-Across topper 26 Indigo plants 27 Kramer’s first name on “Seinfeld” 28 Famed frontierswoman 30 Hip-hop name modifier 31 Publishing mogul, for short 32 Toughens, as metal 33 Gain 34 40-Across topper 39 Post-boomer group 40 Subject of “Guerrillero Heroico” 42 Three-time Nobel Prize-winning organization 47 Al Bundy or Phil Dunphy 49 Nixing phrase on movie night 50 Arctic jackets 51 Shoplift, in slang 52 Site of a miracle in Daniel 3 53 They pop up in the morning 54 58-Across topper 55 ____ breve 57 Shipmate 58 Leader of the Free French 64 Quick shot? 67 Jack who ran for vice president in 1996 68 Chits 69 Modern-day hieroglyph 73 South American rodents 76 Bugs, e.g. 78 Contents of a spreadsheet 80 83-Across topper 81 Arctic masses 82 Starts of some one-twos 83 He helped move a piano in “The Music Box” 85 Violinist Leopold 86 Like Mandarin or Cantonese 87 Pinch 88 95-Across topper 91 Loan source for a mom-and-pop store: Abbr. 94 Finish on a canvas? 95 Star of “Sherlock Jr.” and “Steamboat Bill Jr.” 97 102-Across topper 100 Giving goose bumps, say 101 City about which Gertrude Stein said “There is no there there” 102 Italian pitchman of note 105 Something cooks put stock in 106 Catches a wave 107 More indie, say 108 Absorbed 109 Queen of Jordan 110 Ancient hieroglyph 111 Sends to oblivion 112 Co. that originated Dungeons & Dragons 113 Ballpark amts. DOWN 1 Otto who worked on the Manhattan Project 2 Powerful bloodlines? 3 Word after in and of 4 Bit of cowboy gear 5 “Been better, been worse” 6 Quality of voices in the distance 7 Swillbelly 8 Poison compounds produced by snakes 9 Confuse 10 Mom on “Family Guy” 11 Journalist Flatow 12 Getting down, so to speak 13 Leeway 14 ____ Christi 15 Actress Kravitz of “Mad Max: Fury Road” 16 Triage locales, for short 19 Like answers on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” 20 Some club hires 22 West Point inits. 24 Verizon purchase of 2015 26 Title character in a Sophocles play 29 Desires 30 Perjured oneself 33 “Isn’t he great!” 34 Drink that’s the subject of several rules in the Code of Hammurabi 35 Still 36 Approached quickly 37 Author Jong 38 “Long ball” 40 Investment instruments, for short 41 Routine 42 Pioneering Arctic explorer John 43 Like the 13 Colonies: Abbr. 44 Barker 45 Pursuer of Capt. Hook 46 Spate 47 Twirlers 48 Invalidating 51 “Out of my way!” 52 ____ bug 54 Continental carrier 56 Velázquez’s “____ Meninas” 59 Director Kurosawa 60 Like some tel. nos. 61 Eternities 62 Baltic native 63 Key with four sharps: Abbr. 64 Coors competitor 65 Billy Joel’s “____ Extremes” 66 Wes of PBS’s “History Detectives” 70 Spanish she-bear 71 One of the Bushes 72 Post-____ 74 It parallels a radius 75 Opposite of a poker face 77 Website necessity 78 A long- established history 79 Literature Nobelist J. M. Coetzee, by birth 81 Gusto 82 Bo’s cousin on “The Dukes of Hazzard” 84 Discordant, to some 85 Museo contents 88 Mashes into a pulp 89 Basketry material 90 Cartoon cries 91 Actor John of “Full House” 92 Bit of wit 93 Angstrom or Celsius 94 Your, in Siena 95 Darken 96 Solo 97 Hatcher who was a Bond girl 98 Slays, informally 99 Ones going for hikes, for short? 100 As a result 102 CBS show with a 15-year run ending in 2015 103 Nucleus 104 Kerfuffle 105 Cool dude Aries (March 21-April 1 9). You’ll set a firm in- t ention. What you intend may not always be the w ay it turns out, but things will always turn out differently because of your intention. Your intention has power. It moves you, and it will move others. Taurus (April 20-May 2 0). The technology that’s s upposed to be helping y ou might actually be c ausing you anxiety. The b est connections will be the ones you make in person. There is no substitute for supportive human contact. Gemini (May 21-June 21). Because it comes so easily to you to be warm with others, you may underestimate the value o f your smile. Make no mistake, it is a value that will tip the scales in to- d ay’s situation. Cancer (June 22-July 22). It won’t serve you to count on popular support. Your results are purer when you don’t worry about such things. Anyway, you’re more likely to get the support just as soon as they sense you don’t need it. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Today’s success secret: Don’t think about it. Act. Go. Do. There are many opportunities in danger o f being lost to the mind’s c lever rumination trap. There’s a time for all that, and this isn’t it. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 2 2). You’re in the mood to d abble in different points o f view. While looking for signs of an indifferent universe, you’ll find plenty of evidence. While d reaming that the fates f avor you, you’ll get evi- d ence of that, too. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Wherever you go, you want to be there f ully. Of course, this is h arder when you get r oped into going places you had no intention or desire to see in the first place. Your efforts to get into it are commendable. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 2 1). For some, anger is an addiction. This type t ends to either actively seek or unwittingly attract the circumstances that will facilitate the a ngry rush and the release that comes with it. S agittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Most crimes are mistakes. Most mistakes are not crimes. The t endency today is to make too big of a deal o ver the small infractions. Be the exception — they’ll love you for it. Capricorn (Dec. 22- Jan. 19). There’s something unfair that happened recently, and today you’re wondering how far you should pursue justice. Confucius sug- g ested that before you embark on a journey of revenge, you dig two g raves. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It may seem strange t o you, but some people have trouble matching their tone to the level of seriousness of what’s being discussed or exec uted. You’re a beacon of social grace. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 2 0). You won’t have all the answers today. But j ust because you don’t k now the answer to the question doesn’t mean y ou don’t know the an- s wer to the question behind the question. T oday’s Birthday (Sept. 27). The role you play in your immediate circle has provided you with a strong identity, though it’s not the entire- t y of YOU. This year you’ll stretch beyond that c asting and love how it t ransforms you. Family bonds get tighter in November. A past contribu- t ion circles back, bringing abundance in January. Capricorn and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are 4, 30, 22, 24 and 15. To write to Holiday M athis, visit www.crea- t ors.com and click “Write the Author” on her page. Y ou also may email Holi- d ay at holidaymath- i s@gmail.com or visit her website at HolidayMath- i s.com. COPYRIGHT 2 015 CREATORS.COM Holiday Mathis Creators Syndicate Dear Mr. Wolff: Several years ago, I saw a suggestion from you that it may be right to open in fi rst or second seat on a balanced hand with 11 points, consisting of two aces and a king. I have been doing so ever since — admittedly with mixed results. Please comment on whether I understood you correctly, or whether there are other factors to consider. Stepping Out, Lakeland, Fla. ANSWER: Opening a balanced 11-count is not mandatory, even with great controls, though I might open for the lead with ace-king-fourth in a minor. With any real distributional shape in the hand, I believe 2 1/2 honor tricks constitute a valid opening bid. Non-vulnerable, you want to get your blow in fi rst. Dear Mr. Wolff: I fi nd the question of whether to advance facing an overcall especially hard. For example, holding ♠ 9-2, ♥ Q-7-6-2, ♦ J-2, ♣ A-Q-7-4-3, should you keep the action open in the fourth seat after hearing one diamond to your left and one spade from partner, when your RHO passes? If so, what would you bid? Lying Low, Kingston, Ontario ANSWER: I think this hand has just too much to pass here. Responding two clubs may get partner off to the right lead if you end up defending, and you can surely stand a retreat to spades from your partner. I do not like the idea of raising with this particular spade holding, and the diamond stopper is too feeble for a call at no-trump. Dear Mr. Wolff: What is a weak no-trump, and how can a bridge player tell if a bidder is opening with a weak or a strong no-trump? Square Basher, Selma, Ala. ANSWER: This is not something you should ever have to guess at. Some people do play weak no-trump when non-vulnerable, and strong when vulnerable, but one cannot play both at the same time. In duplicate, it is customary to announce the range of your partner’s no-trump call each time it is opened, so it should not come as a surprise to the opponents. Dear Mr. Wolff: We can’t believe we disagree on such a simple sequence after playing two-over- one for 14 years, but we need advice regarding a response of two clubs to one diamond. Has responder denied a major? Should opener always show a major at his second turn? And should opener rebid diamonds if he can? John and Dee, Salinas, Calif. ANSWER: There is no right answer. My personal preference is for opener to rebid no-trump when balanced, with or without a major, to use calls in a major as natural, guaranteeing long diamonds and some extras, and to raise with four (occasionally three) trumps. A rebid in diamonds shows at least fi ve and an unbalanced hand. Dear Mr. Wolff: When should you try to fi nd partner’s suit, rather than leading your own, against no-trump? Suppose the bidding has gone one no-trump - three no- trump, and you have to lead from ♠ 7, ♥ 10-9-7-4-3, ♦ Q-8-7, ♣ 9-8-6-2. Since you have little chance to both set up and cash out your anemic heart suit, does it make sense to lead a spade, since partner is likely to have fi ve or more? Unselfi sh, Macon, Ga. ANSWER: Leading short or weak suits with bad hands against no-trump is a reasonable policy. But leading a singleton seems wrong, since if this would set the hand, partner might have doubled to get me to lead my short suit. With a 2-4-4-3 Yarborough, a spade is certainly not silly. But on your example hand, I’d guess to lead hearts, I think. Bobby Wolff “I have lived in this world just l ong enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain ofthe first time.” — “Josh Billings” (Henry Wheeler Shaw), American humorist (1818-1885)

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