Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 10, 2004 · Page 39
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 39

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Friday, September 10, 2004
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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � �������������������������� ���� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): A change of pace is in order. The danger of explosive situations is almost past and you can concentrate your energies on more sensual pursuits. New faces could enter the picture, but don’t rush into intimacy. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Socialize and network. A little star quality may be yours today, and you can cash in by enhancing your reputation during public appearances. Others find you delightfully refreshing and interesting. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Someone close may be under the gun to perform and obsessed by business success, so alleviate the pressure by planning an evening out. It is a great time to mix with others and make new acquaintances. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t be a loner. Find a congenial other or invite a new friend out for dinner to escape mental pressures. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Slow down. It is not the time to make important steps where money is concerned, even if exciting alternatives present themselves. Friendship should not be confused with love. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You are brimming with energy, and could find it difficult to unwind. New friends or acquaintances may present interesting ideas, and could offer a much-needed break from an intense workload. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A night out will not be disappointing, as you have an electric quality that attracts others. Romantic, intimate partners, however, could run out of steam early in the evening. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t tempt fate. Temperamental people could be easily upset, and you might endanger your financial security if you adopt a challenging stance. Take a break for a congenial dinner out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make a new friend. Career and reputation seem important now, but the adrenaline high could be fading. A night at home could turn out to be more exciting than you think. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You have been working hard and developing a new work ethic, but need not impose your rules on others. Cozy conversations with someone special might be just the ticket to kindle romance. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Seek something different this evening. Help partners relax and escape. Let the work week end on a positive note by putting together a gathering of like-minded people in a social setting. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t be so hard on yourself. You may have been surrounded by people with short fuses this week, and find it hard to relax. Just remember that you are loved, warts and all. IF SEPTEMBER 10 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have changed your life and your life has changed you. You have been working hard all year to get to this plateau, and now you can stop to smell the roses and enjoy the rewards. This December and March are two especially fortunate times when those who are good for you will draw closer and those who are not seem to fade into the background. Look for helpful people to lend a helping hand, and the assistance of divine providence to guide you to the right place at the perfect time to reap handsome benefits. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF The German ladies, defending world champions, were struggling to qualify when they met France in the final qualifying match of the round-robin tournament in Tunisia in 1997. In six spades, the German declarer won the heart-jack lead in hand, unblocked dummy’s club queen, and led the spade queen. West won her spade ace and pressed on with the heart nine. The heart layout should have become apparent when East followed with the heart queen. Slam needs nothing more than 4-3 clubs, but even on the 5-2 club split, South has excellent squeeze chances since the dummy’s heart has become a menace against West. The correct line is to play off the spade king, then take the two top clubs, pitching diamonds from dummy, finding the bad news. Now ruff a club and run the trumps. In the two-card ending, East has to pitch diamonds to keep a club master, West must retain her top heart, and declarer takes the last two tricks with the diamond ace and nine. Alas, declarer discarded dummy’s heart prematurely at trick six on a top club. Now she could play a simple squeeze against East, but could not exercise any pressure against West, since that player was discarding after her. When West turned up with the diamond king, the contract went one down — doubly painful since France had stopped in game in the other room. Partly as a result of this deal, France won the match comfortably and eliminated Germany . Friday, September 10, 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 skinned my knee. I hope they don’t put me on the disabled list.” “Don’t get so close! He kicks in his sleep.”

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