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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 27

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ������������������������ ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (Mar 21- April 19): You can see just what needs to be done and can strike while the iron is hot. But your brilliance and enthusiasm could receive the cold shoulder from others this week. Don’t expect applause for a job well done. TAURUS (April 20- May 20): Relentless ambition and resourcefulness where career is concerned could raise your reputation a notch but create antagonisms elsewhere. You are a wise person to delay major undertakings and agreements right now . GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Romance and love could turn sour under these skies if you try to push for commitment. Restrain your impulses and avoid championing personal agendas. Prized aspirations must take a back seat to necessity for the moment. CANCER (June 21- July 22): Temporary turmoil could place stress upon your emotions. Antagonisms could be stirred up and cause serious backlash over the next several days. Charm the socks off of anyone in your immediate vicinity and avoid confrontations. LEO (July 23- Aug. 22): Between now and the 13th you are unlikely to find ultimate success with any new business launched or relationship started. If you wish to pop “the question,” hold off. If you need to begin an important project, find reasons to delay . VIRGO (Aug. 23- Sept. 22): Handle important business concerns with finesse and refinement. A little gentleness can deflect hostilities that may be building close by. Although you can be eminently agreeable, it isn’t a good time for agreements or contracts. LIBRA (Sept. 23- Oct. 22.): Talk things out in a civilized manner and employ your enormous talent for tact and diplomacy whenever possible this week. Yo u are the perfect person to straddle the fence and act as a go-between when belligerent people create discord. SCORPIO (Oct. 23- Nov. 21): Greed could cause ill-advised temptations to suddenly appear entirely feasible for a few moments. Try not to retaliate if you feel that your security is threatened. Let sleeping dogs lie. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): The smile on your face could provoke those who have serious matters on their mind. Get down to work and use your enthusiasm to tackle important jobs, as others may be touchy and critical during the next few days. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan. 19): You are filled with great ambition and tempted to take action to get ahead. But you are likely to clash with people in authority for the next several days. It is best to hold off and bide your time until celestial conditions improve. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20- Feb. 18): When others falter and hesitate you can take the lead. Fearlessness in the face of adversity can see you through trying times this week. Step in and take charge if things break or others are overly cautious. PISCES (Feb. 19- March 20): Inspiration is the magic wand that guarantees success. Your creative juices are flowing over the next several days but you might find that the world just isn’t ready to give you the recognition you deserve. IF OCTOBER 11 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You may have been revving your motors fruitlessly, stuck at a cosmic stop sign in the recent past, and unable to put your great ambitions into motion. Cheer up because the planets offer you a green light in January and February when you can cover a great deal of distance where business plans are concerned. Even better, you are likely to meet up with those who can give you a helping hand in any important endeavor that has waited on the back burner. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF South’s hand qualifies for a two-club opening bid. It has sufficient first-round controls and slam interest facing even quite minimum hands with spade support. Once South gets a positive response from North, he is off to the races. Because North is a passed hand, it would be too ambitious to look for a grand slam, but bidding the small slam in the hope of finding a useful card here or there seems very reasonable. Of course, North’s values turn out to be largely wasted — but not entirely! In six spades, South wins the opening lead of the diamond queen with the ace and has to find a home for his club losers. If South plays on clubs himself , he is odds-on to lose two tricks in the suit. But he can do much better than that. The answer focuses on the technique known as the loser-on-loser play. The first thing to do though, is to draw trump. South leads a spade to dummy’s 10, follows up with the queen of trumps, and then leads the heart king, throwing a club loser away . West gets his heart ace, but South’s other club loser goes on the heart queen. So declarer takes seven spades in hand, two diamonds, a ruff in dummy , one heart and one club trick for a total of 12. Contract made. The defenders were helpless here, since a club lead would have allowed South simply to give up a club trick and claim his contract painlessly . Monday, October 11, 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 “Today’s Columbus Day. If it wasn’t for him we’d be Europeans.” “He’ll let you watch him dig a hole if you wear a hard hat.”

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