Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 20, 2004 · Page 51
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 51

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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ��������������������������� ��� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): The tensions of the past few days are easing and you may now safely try to make amends with a loved one if necessary. Early in the day, power struggles or jealous spats could arise. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The chilly cosmic weather is breaking up, but you may still have to deal with pressures on another front. Don’t spend big bucks in an effort to solve problems or put money on the line today. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Though troubled waters are settling down, there may still be cross currents churning where relationships are concerned. Don’t rush. Give challenging partnership situations time to relax so that tender feelings can emerge later tonight. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Being too sensitive to antagonistic situations can put you in a funk. Fight the urge to lash out at others or even the score. If you explain your true feelings late this evening you can put things back on track with a romantic partner and explore passionate possibilities. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Try not to be too hard with your self, even if others seem to make you an easy target for criticism. Although you may be required to work a little harder to catch up, brighter skies are on the horizon. Curb an appetite for big spending. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Routine work may seem exhausting and tiresome, so bypass distracting innuendo and come-hither glances as they may hold empty promises and lackluster performance. True affection may be waiting faithfully at home later tonight. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As hostile conditions subside, the choice between lust and love may present itself. Giving in to temptation can bankrupt emotions or risk the safe stack of pennies piled up in your piggy bank. Decide on the real thing late this evening. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Real love transcends space and time and does not need a competitive situation to bring it to fruition. Pitting one side against the other may stir up passions, but for true peace and tranquility wait for late evening to make romantic or financial decisions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The tried and true works best. Don’t jump out of the frying pan and into the fire where money or love are concerned. Boredom with strict routines or restrictions may lure you into accepting invitations that hold mystery or the promise of power . CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you are carrying too heavy a load, you may clash with others — even though crucial conflicts have eased. Be patient and thorough with responsibilities and don’t let misplaced passions inflame your ardor. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Maintaining high standards gains respect. Tensions may have peaked, but the mood remains somber. If you will hold off on important decisions one more day, you will have a better chance of success. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Outside conditions over which you have no control can prevent you from relaxing. Finish up with crucial details that have caused stumbling blocks — and then put unpleasantness behind you. IF OCTOBER 20 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: This week might be the worst time to start anything truly important, so sit back, relax and enjoy some birthday cake. Those in charge are not likely to be sympathetic if you want to take a vacation and may expect you to meet high standards where work and career are concerned. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Pedro-Paulo Assumpcao, Brazilian World Team Olympiad champion, contributed several tips on the play of the hand to the BOLS Bridge Tip Competition. This is one of them. In four spades, you win the opening heart lead with the queen, East signaling with the seven. You hope for a 3-2 trump break, but you may still need to look after your fourth diamond. The plan, therefore, must be to draw two rounds of trump, give up a diamond, and ruff a diamond if they break 4-2. However, if you start with two top trumps and then give up a diamond, West will cash the spade queen upon winning a diamond trick. No good. Suppose you begin with three rounds of diamonds. Still no good. West plays a fourth diamond and East overtrumps dummy. The answer is to start by ducking a diamond. Then you can cash both top spades followed by the ace-king of diamonds and a diamond ruff if necessary. Even if somebody trumps one of your high diamonds, you will survive. They will be using the master trump, and there will still be a trump in dummy to care of declarer’s fourth diamond. The key to the way declarer attacks the side suit depends upon the size of dummy’s highest trump. If dummy had, for example, queen-jack third of trumps, you would cash just the spade queen, then lead out the top diamonds and give up a diamond. If necessary, you would ruff a diamond in dummy when you regained the lead. Wednesday, October 20, 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 “Mother Nature is showing all the leaf-blowers how to do it.” “Not a bone! I said bring my briefcase.”

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