Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 31, 2004 · Page 23
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 23

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ������������������������ ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): Fresh goals may be your focus, but your enthusiasms could meet with resistance from partners or others. Remember not to step on anyone’s toes when pressing to get ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The world could seem low on romance and high on pessimism. Take care of loose ends until this brief slowdown ends. You are a tough opponent where bargaining is required. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you have been unable to make a decision, you might understand a final piece of the puzzle. Look for value or bargains if you must spend money. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Putting an optimistic front on unpleasant situations is your special skill today . Moody loners could attract your interest, but it is difficult to break through barriers. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your energy is starting to build and you’re feeling more optimistic. Take time to think things through as impetuous actions or irritable behavior could create problems. Your charisma and magnetism are in high gear now. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Implement a few minor changes before you forge ahead. Old friends or past difficulties could distract you temporarily. Build a framework for your goals by organizing a precise outline. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You could owe a favor to an old friend, or be required to appear in public for business reasons. Pay your dues where past associations are concerned, and remain businesslike. Dress for success. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Others could draw a hard line and demand tit for tat in negotiations. Fulfill past obligations and make payments on time. People you meet today put their interests ahead of yours. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Home or family may be the center of attention, but you must integrate business and personal needs. Others may not be willing to share, so act on your own where money is concerned. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): New acquaintances may be snuggling up in order to reach into your wallet, but people from the past reappear and warm your heart. If you are asked to lend a helping hand, be generous. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Ideas blossom, but practical considerations or constraints may snuff out creativity at work. Sharing your thoughts with others could set the scene for profitable transactions. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have energy to burn when working with others or behind the scenes. Forcefulness could spoil the peace. Partners who have been dragging their feet may make a decision this week. IF AUGUST 31 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You could experience a turning point this week, and matters that have been on hold could begin moving forward. Once you get up to speed, positive results are probable. Expect the year ahead to be bountiful, and that your financial condition will improve. Unique people and situations can widen your horizons next spring. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Omar Sharif is a very modest bridge player, and in his new book he alleges that there was nothing difficult about today’s deal, from the Cina del Duca tournament in Paris. See what you think. The auction had seen Sharif show diamonds with longer clubs, reaching the excellent diamond grand slam. How would you have played this contract when West leads the heart five? Well, if you try the jack or 10 of hearts from dummy at trick one, the slam cannot be made! East will cover with the heart queen, knocking out an important entry to the South hand, and the 4-1 trump break will then defeat you. Even without making a detailed plan, Omar could see that it was right to play dummy’s heart king on the first trick, since a third heart trick was almost irrelevant to him. To make the grand slam, he would have to set up the clubs, and it was therefore important to conserve entries to the South hand. So Omar won the heart king and continued with the king and queen of trumps, discovering the 4-1 break. After cashing the ace and king of clubs, he ruffed a club with dummy’s diamond eight, pleased to see that the clubs were evenly divided. He could then draw a third round of trumps with dummy’s bare diamond jack and re-enter his hand with the precious heart ace to draw West’s last trump and cash his good clubs. “Omar Sharif Talks Bridge” is available from Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies. Tuesday, August 31, 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 “I’ll let you know when your hair needs combing, P.J. ” “Mind if I ask where you got the crown, your majesty?”

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