Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 15, 2004 · Page 39
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 39

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 15, 2004
Page 39
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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ������������������������ ���� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (Mar 21- April 19): You can be a sensitive and thoughtful leader and set a perfect example. Be nimble on your feet and quick-witted to make the most of your contacts. Warmth and kindness are the best tactics to use when faced with an impasse. TAURUS (April 20- May 20): Be sure to state your feelings and discuss your concerns. Sympathy and understanding will solve problems and lay the groundwork for successful undertakings. Follow your intuitions where romance is the objective. GEMINI (May 21- June 20): You are thinking outside the box today and can make headway by using innovative techniques. Networking with associates and mingling in new places can give your career and reputation an added boost. CANCER (June 21- July 22): You are in the mood to adopt stray dogs or send donations to a telethon. A good sob story tugs at your heartstrings. Your imagination is at full flow and you can use it to put strained relationships back on solid footing. LEO (July 23- Aug. 22): Your confidence is still at high tide, but you should stick with projects already in the works instead of shifting your attention elsewhere. Starting over again with a new deal or agreement could create other stumbling blocks. VIRGO (Aug. 23- Sept. 22): Your phone skills shine today, so touch base with friends and acquaintances. Be the live wire who connects everyone and brings needed information to the workplace. Resolve doubts and lingering problems by being decisive and objective. LIBRA (Sept. 23- Oct. 22.): Romantic passions might peak under these stars. While it is perfect cosmic weather to cuddle with a trusted lover, new romances begun today could experience future turbulence. If in doubt, don’t. SCORPIO (Oct. 23- Nov. 21): Alluring stars may beckon and entice you into the arms of a trusted companion or partner later tonight. Work hard and finish up projects while your passion for success in the outer world is still in high gear . SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): Your tenacity is much admired but others close could have startling ideas or information that might upset your plans. Listen to unbiased opinions and be open to other viewpoints. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22- Jan. 19): Your sturdy work ethic can withstand the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, but you are still subject to the whims of others. Brainstorms about finances might actually have immense value if put into action. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20- Feb. 18): Cut through sullen exteriors by being refreshingly honest and aboveboard. No one will be able to resist your amusing banter and sparkling conversation. Don’t let past arguments cast a shadow on present deals. PISCES (Feb. 19- March 20): Reaffirm affectionate bonds with ardent messages of love. Send an e-mail or buy flowers. A simple romantic gesture symbolizes much. Expect surprises. IF OCTOBER 15 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are a racehorse running like the wind right now with the stamina and ambition to reach the front of the pack. Your relentless ambition will pay off if you maintain a low profile and avoid stepping on the wrong toes in November and meet challenges in late January and May with the proper respect. Past issues that have remained unresolved might become obstacles next spring unless you take criticism to heart and do your best to put things right. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF The difference in approach between teams (or rubber bridge) and pairs cannot be better illustrated than by a deal like this one, where declarers’ strategies will vary dramatically, depending on the importance of making an overtrick. Say you were playing pairs, where overtricks are vitally important, particularly if you assume everyone will be playing the same four-spade contract. West starts by leading the king, ace and a third heart, East ruffing deceptively with the spade 10. Since the contract does not appear to be at risk, declarer is likely to overruff with the queen and play the king of trumps. When he finds he has a trump loser, he will have to fall back on the club finesse and go down a trick. Does that mean that declarer has misplayed the deal? Not really; his chance of an overtrick was so much better than the chance of going down by following this line that he was making the right pairs play . At teams, though, the importance of the overtrick is not nearly as great as the value of making a game contract. While the chance of running into the hostile distribution that actually exists may be small, you can avoid any risk of going down in four spades. The way to do that is simply to discard the club jack at the third trick. Now you can ruff two diamonds in dummy at your leisure and draw trumps in comfort. You will make 10 tricks with no problem. Friday, October 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 “Footballs aren’t built for rolling.” “When did you switch to bottled water?”

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