Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 22, 2004 · Page 35
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 35

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 22, 2004
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� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �������������������������� ������������������������ � ������������������������ ���� Marmaduke ® By Brad Anderson HOROSCOPE /JERALDINE SAUNDERS ARIES (March 21-April 19): The flesh may be willing but the spirit isn’t sure it wants to commit. Play it footloose and fancy free where matters of the heart are concerned. Talking seriously about making a relationship permanent tonight may backfire on you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Be watchful. Hide your true feelings for a while longer. Others may find a reason to turn down sincere offers and put your plans into a tailspin. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Seek out local watering holes and crowds of people to satisfy your yen for variety and entertainment. Teeming ideas and scintillating conversations may keep you awake all night. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Sociability is your middle name today as you gracefully handle myriad details. A key relationship could take a big turn for the better. Plan to make apologies or work things out later this weekend. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Although the stars are turning more favorably your way, romantic aspirations may hit a roadblock tonight. Conversations regarding neutral territory prevail, but emotional areas are tender. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Expect the unexpected. Sudden changes of plans or upsets could make this evening memorable for the wrong reasons. Examine objectives carefully in light of new information. Words of love will receive a better reception tomorrow night. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Friday night is traditionally singles night and if you are out on the town you may find a kindred mental spirit who has friendship on his or her mind. Curb your desires for more intimate exchanges under these stars. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Exciting mental exchanges could put you on edge or simply brighten your day. Avoid romantic misunderstandings by ignoring the pressing urge to hook up more completely with a significant other right now . SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A restless need for excitement may lure you out on the town tonight. Friendships may hold your attention and possibly interfere with more intimate relationships. If you follow your heart you will do the right thing. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Others in your immediate circle are more amiable and easy going tonight, but reaching out for cozy hugs now may prove to be ill-timed. Give others some space and be considerate of their need for freedom. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Phones may be ringing off the hook. Chatterboxes are likely to be drawn to you and brighten up your evening. It may be difficult to get a good night’s sleep after an onslaught of titillating gossip. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Bend with the wind. A few surprises may be in store this evening, so hang loose and don’t allow a change in plans to put you off. Keep an open mind and listen to new perspectives to increase your understanding. IF OCTOBER 22 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Make needed changes between now and the New Year, as you have the tools on hand to make many of your most heartfelt goals a reality. Try not to make any big moves or decisions in February if romantic relationships seem troublesome. Ignore minor challenges to your authority and avoid controversy then, as minor misunderstandings could be blown out of proportion. Once that month is over you will be riding high until mid July, when responsibilities require your undivided attention. By this time next year, you will be able to reap the rewards that you richly deserve. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF Assuming perfect play, which side would you back in this three-no-trump contract with a spade lead, the defense or the declarer? The deal comes from “Kantar on Kontract.” As a sidebar, South’s sequence of doubling first and then bidding no- trump shows a stronger, not a weaker, hand than a direct one- no-trump overcall. With 12-14 balanced, you would pass at your first turn, of course. I hope you put your money on the defense. However, in order for them to prevail, East must not play a spade honor at trick one. He knows that West’s eight shows a doubleton spade — with three small spades West would have led a low spade. Thus declarer has a double guard in spades. When East plays the nine, South wins the jack and attacks diamonds. However, as long as West wins the first diamond and continues a spade, driving out South’s ace, declarer has no chance. East will be left with a bunch of winning spades and the diamond ace for an entry. If East plays a high spade at trick one, South ducks, wins the spade continuation with the jack, and attacks diamonds. Since West has no more spades when he gets in with the diamond king, South has time to drive out the diamond ace while retaining a spade stopper. It is not a bad rule for the defense to try to force declarer to win the first trick in their side’s suit, if they can do that without costing themselves a trick. Friday, October 22, 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 “Yeah, your voice is so low you should go on ‘American Idol’ and sing ‘Old Man River.’” “I’m getting tired of his freedom of speech rights.”

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