Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 7, 2004 · Page 31
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 31

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): People could be in a highly critical mood today, so dot your i’s and cross your t’s at work. Flawed thinking could be revealed on important projects. It is a good day to put your nose to the grindstone and finish unpleasant tasks. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you kept your money in your pocket this week, you will feel no regret — but the urge to tighten your belt could prevail, anyway. Strategies to conserve resources are good to consider today. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Investigate. Spend quality time perusing small details that could trip you up in the future. He who hesitates now is a wise old soul. Put ideas and projects through severe scrutiny to make sure there are no problematic loopholes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Expectations could receive a letdown and you may be working doubly hard to make up for lost time. Keep a low profile and avoid unnecessary flirtatiousness. An inability to work on your own without companionship could cause agitation. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Partners could actively seek your company just when you need the most peace and quiet. Your serenity and affection will be tested today and tomorrow as others vie for your attention. Smile and enjoy some popularity. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Necessity is the mother of invention, or so “they” say, so pay attention to the situation in effect most of today and find ingenious methods to handle restrictions. Your talents lie in improvising fresh solutions to old problems. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You will make more progress if you have pencil and paper close at hand to jot down key ideas and strategies. Try to remain analytical about business problems and do not let minor mood swings affect your judgment. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your popularity is getting a boost but don’t capitalize on good press just yet. Beneficial changes around the corner require careful planning and an eye toward paying homage to traditional rules of conduct. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Necessity could dampen communications briefly today where significant others are concerned. Toe the line and remain strictly within the rules if dealing with others to avoid criticism. IF OCTOBER 7 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are filled with energy and are now willing to gamble with the future. However, put on your thinking cap and wait for the best opportunities to make life a little sweeter that will occur in December and January. Allow yourself to sense the best times and trust your inner voice to steer you into safe waters. In the coming year, you will have plenty of opportunities to improve the direction of your life and to secure material gains. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF When South shows 18-19 points at his second turn, it gives North a problem. Bidding four no-trump would invite to a small slam and would not be forcing. Bidding five no-trump is an invitational message, but one level higher. It says bid a grand slam if you are top of the range. South carries on to the grand slam with his maximum, hoping that his top diamonds will help to solidify his partner’s suit. The four-card holding opposite is a disappointment, but the contract still has good play. On the lead of the spade 10 against seven no-trump, South must be careful about the timing of the hand. Both red suits need to be unblocked, but he should also play the hand to make his own distribution as unclear as possible. What declarer must not do is cash the four diamond tricks too early and, in the process, discard the heart menace from his hand. He wins the spade lead in dummy, then takes the three top diamonds and goes over to the dummy with the heart ace and cashes the heart queen. He comes back to the spade king and takes the heart king. When the jack and 10 of hearts fall, the heart nine is the 13th trick, and South does not need the club finesse. But had the hearts not behaved in such a friendly fashion, declarer would have gone over to the club ace, cashed the diamond and spade winners, pitching his heart, and have taken the club finesse at the end. Thursday, October 7, 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 “PJ’s gonna have it easy learning to write his name.” “Must you stick your tongue out every time we pass the dogcatcher’s house?”

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