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Horoscopes Holiday MatHis Solutions Your birthday today, Oct. 18: you’re headed to some happy times and personal success in 2016. you’ll like what you do and how you do it. Virgo and Gemini people adore you. your lucky numbers are: 45, 2, 14, 39 and 7. Aries (March 21-april 19): it’s the ideal time for clearing up messy arrangements. separate the facts and lay them out so you can see what you’re dealing with. Taurus (april 20-May 20): Even though complicating things will be detrimental to your interactions, today it is even more detrimental to oversimplify. Gemini (May 21-June 21): the coolest phone on the planet only rings as often as your social life dictates. you’re getting better and better at controlling the flow to support your emotional needs. Cancer (June 22-July 22): the progression has often been that you ask a question and find meaning in the answer. today, instead, you’ll ask a question and find meaning in the absence of an answer. Leo (July 23-aug. 22): there are people around, but something causes you to feel so separate and different from them that you don’t want to, or think you cannot, relate. Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): once someone agrees with you, it causes you to wonder: am i actually right? if only more people would wonder such things! Libra (sept. 23-oct. 23): there are rumors that perfection left the planet long ago, and some insist that perfection never did exist in the first place. Scorpio (oct. 24-Nov. 21): your focus will be narrow today, just trying to get a very particular and small deed done correctly. if you’ve made all the mistakes that can be made here, congratulations! Now you’re an expert! Sagittarius (Nov. 22-dec. 21): How comfortable are you with the flexibility built into this day? if you’re not sure what you want to do, but you know what you want to feel, that’s a good place to start. Capricorn (dec. 22-Jan. 19): your future includes dynamic influences. don’t be surprised if they have you talking and acting differently inside a short period of exposure to them. imitation is a key to learning. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Mine what you already have instead of chasing potential sources. today happiness is a fickle faerie who would love to run you around for her own amusement. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Consistency matters now. align your words with your actions. the solid logic and comforting repetition involved will engender trust. a rather special responsibility will go to you. When i watched today’s deal at the club, East was Grapefruit, our member who sits at the table like a stick of dynamite waiting for someone to light his fuse. He berates his partners without mercy. North could have judged to bid 3Nt with his flat hand instead of using stayman; south probably would have won nine tricks. against four hearts, West led the king of clubs, and Grapefruit signaled with the seven. West then led a low club (not best): five, jack, ace. south drew trumps, led a spade to dummy’s jack and took the a-K. When West threw a diamond, south exited with a club. West took the queen, shrugged and cashed the ace of diamonds. south claimed the rest, making game, and Grapefruit was as cross as two sticks. “lead your last club,” he growled. “i give up a ruff-sluff,” West protested. that was too much for Grapefruit, who erupted like a thunderstorm and told West that if he were any slower, he would be in reverse. there are two times when giving declarer a ruff-sluff cannot cost and may gain: when he has no losers to sluff, and when he will score his remaining trumps separately anyway. When West takes the queen of clubs, south has one trump left in each hand. He can use dummy’s trump to ruff his last spade, so West will lose nothing by letting him ruff a club instead. if south discards a diamond from his hand as dummy ruffs, he will have a spade loser. What West must avoid is cashing the ace of diamonds, which will lose if south has the king. Bridge FraNK stEWart SudOku JumBLe CrYPTOGrAm CrOSSwOrd A gentleman is one who never strikes a woman without provocation — H. L. Mencken The latter part of “philatelist” (23 Across) is from the Greek for “freedom from charges,” as a stamp indicates prepayment of costs. Copenhagen’s TIVOLI Gardens (74 Across) was named for former amusement parks in Paris, which in turn were named for the gardens in Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy. The three Oscar actresses named HELEN (75 Across): Hayes, Hunt and Mirren.