Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 1, 2004 · Page 51
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 51

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ���������������������������� ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): A flair for leadership is viewed favorably today. Take the bull by the horns and get projects off the ground. Others are likely to cheerfully collaborate. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A positive frame of mind helps you make better decisions, or choose items that reflect good taste. Move ahead with plans or projects that require teamwork. Creative juices should be flowing. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You could feel poised to change direction. Plans, especially those made with another person, will have every opportunity to be fulfilled if made now. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your eagerness and energy set a good example and encourage others to join in. Because you have a tolerant attitude, others are more likely to cooperate. Ask for favors or assistance today. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The week ahead is perfect for competitions, exercise, or flexing figurative or literal muscles. If something needs to be done, you are likely to jump into action. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are finished rehashing old situations and ideas, and can make a firm decision. Remember that it is often the simple things that give off the brightest glow of happiness. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can make good first impressions today, or clear up misunderstandings. Others may be immersed in new projects, and you may be invited along for the ride. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A spirit of compromise will help smooth out difficulties. Solve past relationship issues by being generous. Treat companions like family to win their approval. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A peaceful accord can be made today, especially if the person on the other side has been dragging his or her feet. Make promises, or purchase items that will provide pleasure for many days to come. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Companions offer encouragement and a helping hand. Don’t be afraid to seek advice from those who have more experience than you have. Nuggets of wisdom will pay off later. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your fun-loving side is coming into view, and your gentle acceptance makes a haven for partners who may be pushing hard this week. Let someone else take the lead, and be your delightful self. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Listen closely to advice from others, and be confident in the success of plans made now. Opportunities could appear through others who will open doors and bring prosperity. IF SEPTEMBER 1 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have an internal guidance system that kicks back into gear this week, so listen to your heart as well as your head. Pleasant synchronicities such as that parking place being there just when you need it, or unexpected compliments, raise your spirits. The more you become aware of the small blessings in life, the sooner big ones will manifest. Your confidence and good fortune will grow by leaps and bounds in the next 12 months as you exercise the magic of gratitude. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF On today’s deal South decided to take out insurance by bidding four spades over four hearts and reaped a generous reward when the defense slipped. West led his singleton diamond against four spades, and on winning East’s queen with his ace, declarer thoughtfully continued with a club to dummy’s ace and a club ruff, starting to eliminate the side suits. Then he played a spade, won by West. The defense’s next move was critical. In fact, West made the natural play when he exited with a third club, ruffed by South, who continued with another spade. In with the spade king, West was finally endplayed. He chose to exit with a fourth club, which declarer ruffed with his last trump in hand, throwing the losing heart from dummy. Now he simply played on diamonds until East ruffed with the spade ace, but at that point declarer had the rest, losing just three trump tricks. West should have worked out that he was very unlikely to set the contract unless his partner produced the spade ace. So he should have planned his defense around that possibility. The contract is defeated if, at trick five, West cashes his second spade honor before getting off lead with a club. Declarer plays on diamonds, but when East ruffs in with the spade ace, he can return a heart through declarer’s queen. Incidentally, West might have had an even better idea of the diamond position if East had played small at trick one! Wednesday, September 1, 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 “Okay! He’s been backing up safely for many years without any help from you!” “You want me to dig a hole with that shovel? Isn’t that cheating?”

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