Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 16, 2004 · Page 31
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 31

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � �������������������������� ���� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (Mar 21- April 19): Testing new romantic waters could cause you to either get scalded or frostbite. It is best to avoid new entanglements because misunderstandings could occur. Leave big decisions alone and just roll with the punches. TAURUS (April 20- May 20): You could be yearning for a home with a white picket fence or a new romantic partner. However, hooking up with a new lover or making proposals could turn easily turn sour. Wait for better cosmic conditions to pursue your dreams. GEMINI (May 21- June 20): People may have their own best interests at heart rather than yours, so be skeptical of phone calls promising the grand prize. There could be costly hidden fine print. No one is likely to pull the wool over your eyes. CANCER (June 21- July 22): It is easy to be stiff and rigid and demand that the rules be obeyed under these austere stars. Constraints will lift tomorrow and the flow of information will be less threatening. Right now a guarded tongue is the wisest choice. LEO (July 23 — Aug. 22): Don’t let romance interfere with the job. New relationships may tarnish your halo or otherwise cause talk. Be prim and proper and avoid compromising positions. You will be able to hold friendly discussions tomorrow . VIRGO (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22): Some healthy skepticism is in order today. You can handle detailed mental work and juggle several tasks at once. You will make the most of this day by being centered and keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. LIBRA (Sept. 23 — Oct. 22): Friendliness could be misconstrued so be on your best behavior wherever you travel. If you let your heart rule your head you could end up in a detrimental new relationship or spoil an existing one. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 — Nov. 21): Planned pleasures could turn out to be a dud so you might as well rent a good flick, get a bowl of popcorn, and stay home under the covers. Seeking commitments from others will be an uphill battle for the next several days. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 — Dec. 21): You have kept your nose to the ground all week and worked hard and might think you deserve some treats this weekend. Save your pennies for another time as you may find purchases unsatisfactory and outings disappointing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 — Jan. 19): Standoffishness is in the air and formality is the word for the day. It almost seems mandatory to appear with precise creases in your pants and every hair in place. Relaxation is difficult under the scrutiny of critical eyes. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20 — Feb. 18): Take time out to think things through thoroughly and your ideas will emerge more fully formed tomorrow. Friendships flow perfectly but romantic inklings should be put on hold this weekend. PISCES (Feb. 19 — March 20): Matters of love might easily fizzle tonight, so put off first dates or important personal discussions. The dampening effects of a constrained atmosphere might create misunderstanding or make harmony difficult to achieve. IF OCTOBER 16 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: With powerful Pluto sending potent energy to your sector of the zodiac, you are likely to have a surge in your ambitions and a desire to do great things this year. It is hard to keep a good man or woman down when he or she works intensely towards a goal. Expect a few setbacks in January, but if you take minor problems seriously the big ones will take care of themselves. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Good defense sees you counting every hand, and today’s deal from “Kantar on Kon- tract” (for more details go to kantarbridge.com) is a superb example of when to relax and when to stay focused. Let us look first at declarer’s play in six hearts. When there are losers in only one suit (spades) and the other side- suits can be eliminated, spades should be the last suit attacked. Accordingly, declarer won dummy’s club ace, drew trumps, played the club king, and ruffed a club. He then took the ace- king of diamonds and finally led a low spade from dummy. Take a really good look at the spades. If East plays low now, South can afford to duck as well, intending to finesse later. West wins the jack and has to give South a ruff and a sluff. South ruffs in dummy, discarding a spade from hand, then takes the spade finesse for his contract. Not so fast. Enter East, “the counter.” By the time the first spade was led from dummy , East had counted the South hand and knew his partner had a singleton spade. If his partner had a small singleton, there would be no hope for the defense, but if the singleton was the jack or the queen, East could see what would happen if he played low. South would duck, and partner would win and be endplayed. So instead, East contributed the spade king on the first round of the suit! After this diabolical defense, there was no way for South to avoid losing two spade tricks. Saturday, October 16, 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 “That rain we told last week to come back again another day picked today.” “When the frog jumped, so did Marmaduke.”

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