Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2004 · Page 56
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 56

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Mental gymnastics allow people to meet challenges with ease, so be open to innovative ideas and resourceful solutions. Networking with others can help you achieve your goals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may play second fiddle to others who have strokes of genius, or mesmerize you with finely wrought ideas. Listen to your companions, as they may have the power to solve your immediate problems. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your analytical skills are in top form, so use today to balance the budget or research new ideas. Resourcefulness is your best friend. Hold discussions and persuade others to follow your intelligent lead. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): There is an exciting quality in conversations today, and an ease in rising above petty differences. Enjoy the freedom to chat with people with exotic backgrounds. Avoid the lure of chemical attractions that begin to develop now. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In today’s friendly atmosphere, it is easy to connect with new and exciting acquaintances, but avoid serious romantic involvements. Your ambitions could drive a wedge between you and a mate. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Interest from a member of the opposite sex could be misconstrued. Avoid teasing and off-color remarks, as even the most innocent contacts could cause tension at home. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stimulating conversations and advanced ideas can help you renovate your financial position. Remember that money needs to remain in circulation to benefit you the most. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put a lot of thought into your values and stand up for what you think is right. Although you may be tempted to make an important purchase, it is best to wait a few days, as you may sink into a money pit. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It is possible that you will find yourself at the center of a hub of activity. Your closest companions have some inspiring ideas. Attend a lecture or read a book. Information can be valuable. IF SEPTEMBER 30 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You should take pride in your ability to be a soothing and positive influence in social situations. It could seem that the needs of others always come first, and you must play second fiddle to your partner, but being pleasant and accommodating is one of your finer traits. In late October or early November, you could reap material rewards for your steadfast loyalty and happy disposition. It is a time when you can ask for favors and generosity from others, and get gracious support. Next March an exciting new phase of your life begins to unfold, and you will be able to climb out of any ruts that seem to be deepening around you. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF As Eddie Kantar says in his new book, “Kantar on Kon- tract,” if you want to be an expert defender, you must keep counting all of the time. East made a play on this deal that most players wouldn’t make if they lived to be a thousand, because he could count. West led his singleton heart against four spades, and East’s queen lost to the ace. West hopped up with the diamond ace at trick two and shifted to a low club. South took dummy’s club ace and diamond king, shedding a club, then advanced a heart from dummy. At this point East’s automatic play is to rise with the heart king. However, that would let South score up his game contract, losing only one more trick (to the trump ace). But if East ducks the heart, West ruffs and gets out with a trump, letting East win and return a trump. South can ruff only one heart in dummy now, and the heart king will be the setting trick. How does East know to duck the second round of hearts? Well, South appears to have started with one diamond and two clubs. If South had more than two clubs, he would surely have finessed the club jack. Moreover, the opening lead of the heart two suggests that, as West never supported hearts, the lead must be a singleton. If so, let partner ruff the heart and get out with a trump. There is no way of being an expert without counting every hand. Thursday, September 30, 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 “Are you sure I forgot to put ice cream in your cone?” “You’re right ... we can’t ground him, but we can outside him!”

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