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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ����������������������������� ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): Misunderstandings could arise through inaccuracy or difficulties in communications. Good carpenters know that you should measure three times time before cutting the wood. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Temporary communication difficulties could cause misunderstandings with a mate or partner. Delay important agreements or discussions until late in the day, or shelve them until another day . GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Think long and hard before making a presentation or participating in an important discussion. What you say may be repeated to many people, so if you can’t say anything good, say nothing at all. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Seek facts and keep your own counsel. It is a good time to perform research and discover valuable information. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The fall equinox may mark a time when you become aware of the need for change, but avoid drastic steps where your money is concerned. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Because you understand the motivations of others and perform appropriate research, you can win support by directing conversations. Keep your goals in mind at all times. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Examine your budget and make sure you have the necessary funds in place to achieve your goals. A brilliant financial maneuver may occur to you if you think things through. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You must head toward the goalposts to make touchdowns, but also remain poised to avoid those who would block your progress. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Avoid too much chitchat or plotting to get your way. Others may take drastic steps to get their point across. Digest puzzling conversations carefully to come to a greater understanding. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Small suspicions could create obsessive behavior, but if you will wait out temporary communication difficulties, everything will turn out to your advantage. Wait to make decisions where money or love is concerned. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A brief period of indecision or confusion today might be a setback, so sidestep agreements or crucial conversations. Facts arrive late in the day. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Do not jump to conclusions, as what seems initially challenging could hold the seeds of a great idea. A little patience will prevent you from making a poor decision. Stop and examine the facts. IF SEPTEMBER 22 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have a fabulous couple of weeks coming up. People who are good for you seem to be drawn closer, and those who are detrimental, or do not have your best interests at heart, seem to move further away. Expect generous help when you need it the most, and that whatever you have asked for will be given. Follow whatever path opens up now, as it will surely prove beneficial. Next February is a time when your popularity reaches a high point, and when romance or important relationships can blossom. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Today’s deal is all about technique as opposed to table presence. How should you play six clubs on a heart lead? Of the two approaches, let us look at the technically superior line first. You can increase your chances over a simple finesse in either spades or diamonds by winning the heart ace, then playing the diamond ace and ruffing a diamond high. Then you cash the club ace and lead the club 10 to dummy’s jack to ruff another diamond. If the diamond king has fallen, you have a home for your heart loser. If not, you take the spade finesse now. The merit of this line is that it allows you to take your chances in order. The bad news is that the extra chance you have created for yourself is really not all that significant. Personally, I much prefer the psychological line of winning the heart ace at trick one and, without hurrying your opponents inappropriately, smoothly calling for the spade queen and observing your RHO’s reaction. Even against a real expert, I would wager that East would have to be truly inspired not to cover this card, or at least not to consider doing so. If the spade queen isn’t covered, then you should assume it is because West has the spade king, and accordingly you should rise with the spade ace, draw trumps, and take the diamond finesse to discard your heart loser. Against anything but outstanding defenders, this line has a 75 percent chance of success. Wednesday, September 22, 2004 The following astrological forecasts should be read for entertainment value only. These predictions have no reliable basis in scientific fact. 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