Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 19, 2004 · Page 25
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 25

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Tuesday, October 19, 2004
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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ������������������������� ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): It may be difficult to burn with enthusiasm if the universe continually throws cold water in your face. Stifle resentment and wait until at least tomorrow, when celestial conditions improve, to make key decisions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Inescapable ambition could tempt people to use callous methods to get ahead. Tame the urge to take unfair advantage in bargaining situations. Your judgment will be far better tomorrow, so sleep on major decisions before acting. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Pressure may be brought to bear where relationships are concerned. Don’t allow yourself to feel coerced or threatened under these briefly difficult times. A cynical atmosphere may cast an unsavory light on the most innocent situations. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Pessimism can cast a shadow over this day and exerting the least effort might feel like swimming in a vat of molasses. Put off discussions about key issues until tomorrow, when there is less chance of misunderstandings. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Perform necessary duties religiously and backpedal if called on to start something new. There is a definite chill in the air and you may get frostbite if you make an issue out of minor details or challenge those in authority. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Accomplishing even simple tasks may seem like an uphill battle until celestial conditions improve tomorrow. Stringent scrutiny and faultfinding might put your teeth on edge, but bite your tongue and avoid disputes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Tact and diplomacy are important tools to have on hand today if you should stumble upon a somewhat hostile environment. New romantic opportunities may veer toward a businesslike formality if you pursue them now . SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You might find that you are merely going through the motions if romance is the subject. Distrust and suspicion can undermine relationships. Judgment is off balance, so wait until tomorrow to make a final reckoning. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Minor setbacks and mistakes may put people on the defensive. Be valiant and patient, as this period of disenchantment will end soon. Do your best not to offend others or make permanent irrevocable decisions. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): People are only human and minor errors are likely. Making a mountain out of a molehill will only serve to create permanent barriers. Hold off on making final assessments of people or situations until at least tomorrow . AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Act with the utmost integrity and remain faithful to those you trust. Your loyalty may be tested today, but disregard suspicions and give others the benefit of the doubt. All may not be as bad as it seems under these harsh lights. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It is not wise to make important decisions or take definitive action if joint monies are at stake. A somber mood could color your judgment to your disadvantage. IF OCTOBER 19 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You need to keep your nose to the proverbial grindstone until Christmas if you wish to reap rewards in 2005. People could be miserly about showing appreciation, so you need to exceed their expectations and be the best that you can be to get ahead. Expect some exciting changes as the year begins — as well as chances to be released from annoying constraints that have held you back. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Over East’s three-level preempt South is too weak to bid. However, North can reopen with a takeout double. Although he does not have great shape, he has a decent hand — much too good to sell out here. South now has a pretty fair hand in context and an excellent suit, enough to drive to game, and so he bids four spades. (It is now standard practice in all parts of the world to defend against pre-empts by doubling for takeout. Penalty doubles simply do not come up often enough.) West leads the club king against four spades, and East carefully overtakes and plays a second and then a third top club. It looks as if South is in trouble. Whether he ruffs high or low, the defenders have a trump trick and an eventual heart winner to come. However, South can avoid trouble by a spot of jujitsu: On the third club he discards a heart rather than trumping, combining his two losers in one trick. That appears to have solved all declarer’s problems, but when West discards a discouraging heart on this trick, East uncharitably takes it into his head to lead a fourth club, and West’s spade 10 forces a high trump from dummy . Now declarer has to negotiate the spade jack. Since East has seven clubs, it is playing with the odds to assume that West began with three trumps, not two. So declarer lays down the ace and then queen of spades and claims his contract when the jack falls. Tuesday, October 19, 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 “Daddy, did you know Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, and Arkansas all have the same capital? ‘A.’” “It’s a nice day. Play outside.” “You asked for it.”

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