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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 46

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Unplanned acts could disturb existing harmony and put valuable relationships into a tailspin. Break off with people and things that have outlived their usefulness. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You can work well with others where speedy fingers or physical exertion is required. You are quite likely to take charge if problems pop up. Avoid stepping on toes where money or values are concerned. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Attractive others could pique your interest, but you are wise to avoid indiscretions. Avoid public speaking or appearances until this temporary planetary condition subsides. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A shift in focus could leave others bewildered. Avoid discussions regarding commitments or romance. Put your cash away, and sit tight for the moment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t let minor agitations interfere with business as usual. Others could be running at high speed, and you may need to keep up. Your ideas may oppose the wishes of authority figures. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Avoid participating in emotional confrontations with partners unless you want to risk the relationship. You aren’t at your best for a few hours today, so sidestep meetings and public appearances. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your star will shine brightly today, but others may not appreciate your brilliance. Attempts to shock or upset others could backfire. Avoid quarrels or agitation. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Act upon joint ideas, and work in tandem with your partner. Unforeseen events could mean a change in course. Your ability to adapt is a valuable asset. IF AUGUST 26 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are experiencing a glorious year to cast off restraints and spread your wings. Try things that you have never tried before, and experiment while the sense of adventure opens your soul to new experiences. Until early next year, people may seem uncommitted, or relationships could have an on again/off again quality, but partnerships that are meant to be will flourish. White picket fences and family values figure prominently early next summer. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Difficult declarer-play problems tend to fall into two camps. The first sort appears to offer no winning position. The second kind presents so many possibilities that one is drowning in choices. Today’s deal falls into the first category . When South ended as declarer in six hearts, West led a low spade, and declarer tried a small card from dummy, hoping to force an honor. However, when East contributed the 10, it was up to South to find a lie of the cards that would let him make. Here, to avoid two spade losers, declarer needed four rounds of diamonds to stand up so that he could discard two spades from dummy and ruff a spade in that hand. The problem is that if declarer wins the opening spade lead and plays on diamonds before drawing two rounds of trump, then East will be able to ruff in. If South draws two rounds of trump before playing four rounds of diamonds, then gives up a spade, West can hop up with his queen and lead a third trump to kill the ruff . However, the counter is relatively straightforward: Simply duck the opening spade lead. East will continue spades, but now you win your ace and, without needing to relinquish the lead again, cash two trumps. Then cross your fingers and play four rounds of diamonds to pitch dummy’s spades. Finally, take your spade ruff in dummy, and your hand is high. Thursday, August 26, 2004 The following astrological forecasts should be read for entertainment value only. These predictions have no reliable basis in scientific fact. For Better or For Worse By Lynn Johnston Rex Morgan, M.D. By Woody Wilson and Graham Nolan Mary Worth By Karen Moy and Joe Giella Mutts By Patrick McDonnell Tiger By Bud Blake The Born Loser By Chip Sansom Zits By Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman Jump Start By Robb Armstrong Curtis By Ray Billingsley Frank and Ernest By Bob Thaves Non Sequitur By Wiley The Wizard of Id By Brant Parker and Johnny Hart Beetle Bailey By Mort Walker Bizarro By Dan Piraro The Family Circus By Bil Keane “PJ shouldn’t complain about taking a short nap. Cicada moths sleep for 17 years.” “I see a lot of woofing in your future.”

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