Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 15, 2004 · Page 63
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 63

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ����������������������������� ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): The heat is on, and things are cooking. If physical prowess or standing up for rights is necessary, you are the perfect person for the job. Be a model of efficiency, but avoid being pushy . TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Trouble and dissension roll off your back. You have extra powers of understanding, and easily rise above petty squabbles. You may prefer to dream the time away in the arms of a loved one. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): No matter how heated the atmosphere becomes, you have a unique way of tackling issues from a detached perspective that can keep you out of harm’s way. Apply intelligence and maintain objectivity . CANCER (June 21-July 22): The atmosphere is one of “full steam ahead,” and that seems to trigger your enthusiasm and talent for innovation. In emergencies, you can be at your best. Be positive and up-front to impress superiors. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your reaction time may be sharp, but that could mean you spend your money without thinking first. Use excess energy in constructive activities, and if tempers flare, work off steam on the volleyball court. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Unbridled enthusiasm and energy coupled with ingenious methods can be a combination that puts you at the head of the pack. It is better to do your own thing than to try to enlist the help of others. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Partners may set an extraordinarily quick pace. You may be challenged to keep up within a rapid work environment. Sit tight for a few days if important decisions are needed. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may be pushing hard to achieve goals. Wait a few days if you need to ask for help from key associates. Work on your own and take care of physical details. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sparks could fly in the career area, as aggressive people could be at the helm of projects—and expect instant gratification. Hold off on making promises, as you will have better luck in a day or two. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may prefer to sit back and reconsider, but those in authority desire snap decisions and quick results. Delaying decisions for a day or two may give you a better advantage, if you can withstand pushy people. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Rather than rushing to battle over small issues, sidestep commitments for a day or two. Quick thinking and genuine friendliness can be an asset. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The wants and needs of others seem more important than your own, but do not allow yourself to be prodded into important decisions under duress. Be sympathetic and kind to others. IF SEPTEMBER 15 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are at an enthusiastic stage in many areas of your life — willing to take charge, showing the world that you are a person of initiative and responsibility. The hard work you do now could result in widespread recognition and attention by the end of the year. 2005 is likely to present deep-rooted changes that turn your present beliefs upside down. Much soul searching and inner probing is likely throughout next year, and you may close one chapter of your life as ambitions shift and you set off in a new and exciting direction. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF If a switch could be damaging to your contract’s health, making a play to encourage a continuation from the defense could be the antidote. At most tables on this deal from the 2002 Cavendish Teams, East opened the bidding with a pre-emptive four spades. This put South under pressure, as it was designed to do. If South doubles, (these days, often played primarily for takeout) North will bid five hearts. It takes a diamond lead to defeat that contract, which is not the most obvious attack from the East hand. Paul Soloway, however, as South, chose to bid five clubs over four spades, and there the matter rested. West, with an attractive choice of leads, decided on the spade 10 rather than the diamond king. Soloway was keen on a spade continuation, rather than a diamond switch. All would be well if the hearts broke 2-2 — his diamond loser in hand would disappear on dummy’s fifth heart. However, on the bidding, that break was against the odds, so a little deception was in order . Accordingly, declarer rose with dummy’s spade king at trick one. East captured the king with the ace and was seduced into continuing with the spade queen. Had West held jack-nine-third of clubs, this would have promoted a trump trick for the defense, but as the cards lay, Soloway was able to ruff high, draw trumps, then play on hearts. Now the diamond switch came, but too late, and declarer was able to discard his losing diamond. Contract made. Wednesday, September 15, 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 “Thank you, Dolly, but they’re not tattoos. They’re varicose veins.” “Marmaduke is a fashion don’t.”

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