Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2004 · Page 29
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · Page 29

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CANCER (June 21-July 22): Bending over backward to please others can put you in an awkward position. No matter how special you are, it is still necessary to follow the rules. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Pushing to close the deal now could create unwanted tensions. Take it easy and trust that things will fall in place eventually. Needless worry about losing a few cents is in the air. Don’t be prodded into impulsive action by unfounded fears. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Try a little tactfulness. Your words are more powerful than you realize. Interruptions at the wrong moment could result in unpleasant retorts and strain relationships. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Sit back and relax even if significant others seem determined to throw the gauntlet your way. Keep your money in your pocket and wait until the fog clears before making crucial agreements. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Rest on your laurels. Confidential situations could come to light that can be used to your advantage. Don’t take any important steps right now as the competitive edge in the air could cause misunderstandings. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Someone might throw ice water right on your enthusiasms. This could be one of those days you wish that others would heed the old adage “If you can’t say anything good about someone, say nothing at all.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Striving for perfection is easier if everyone is willing to overlook small flaws. Give others the benefit of the doubt and be willing to socialize with your peers so they can understand your views. AQ UARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t sweat the small stuff. Minor criticisms can be toxic if you take them to heart. Avoid signing key contracts or making agreements today, but do keep the lines of communications open until minor controversies have settled down. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Avoid the gossipmongers and refuse to participate in debates. Insightful partners may be working behind the scenes to enrich your joint bank account and might seem preoccupied and distant. IF NOVEMBER 30 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Determination to cope with a backlog of duties and obligations will color the year ahead, but you will also have golden opportunities to make great strides and overcome past problems. In January and early February pay close attention to any offers or assistance that come your way as this can lead to long-term abundance and indicate permanent improvement in your circumstances. ACES ON BRIDGE /BOBBY WOLFF In “Omar Sharif Talks Bridge,” his recent autobiography, Omar does not focus solely on brilliancies. Today’s deal sees him recounting an error he made. Can you avoid the trap? Defending four hearts, West led the club king and continued with ace and a third club, won with South’s queen. Omar saw the danger of playing a trump. West would take his ace and play a fourth club to create a second trump winner for himself. So Omar carefully cashed three rounds of diamonds, throwing away his last club winner. He then returned to his hand with the spade ace and led the jack of trumps. West rose with the ace and exited with a spade to the table’s king. Omar now needed to guess how to return to his hand to lead a second round of trumps. Since West seemed to be more likely to have three spades than four diamonds, eventually Omar decided to ruff a spade. West could overruff with the heart queen, of course, for down one. Later, Omar realized that instead of crossing to the spade ace to play the first round of trumps, he should instead have played the king and ace of spades. This play, also known as the Dentist’s Coup, would have removed West’s exit card, preventing West from locking declarer in dummy with a second round of spades. Whichever suit West chose to play when he rose with the heart ace, declarer would have been able to win in the South hand to finish drawing trump. Tuesday, November 30, 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 “Very old.” “How in the world did he steal your belt?”

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