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Monday, March 31, 2014

Blondie

HOROSCOPE By Bernice Bede Osol

Hagar the Horrible

Beetle Bailey

Snuffy Smith

Don’t hesitate; take advantage of any offers of help you receive. Have a negotiation strategy in place. Stay organized and learn to delegate some of the less important details. It’s time to take control of your own destiny. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Use your energy wisely. Impress your employer with your abilities and willingness to tackle anything. Your efforts will be noticed and rewarded. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Stick to what you know and do best. Don’t rely on colleagues to finish what you start. You will end up gaining nothing and having to redo the work yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Change is in the air. Now is the ideal time to focus on your living space. Spruce up your home or look into a property investment. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Get out and mingle. Sign up for a new activity or take advantage of arts and recreation facilities close to home. You are likely to meet someone who shares your interests. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your optimism could lead to trouble. Dreams are good to have, but deal with practical matters first. Focus on your career and take a realistic look at your financial situation. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Your artistic abilities will be on display today. The children in your life will be delighted to share a hobby or craft with you, and you

can enjoy things through youthful eyes for a while. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You may feel as though you are stuck in a rut. Take time to catch up on your reading, or finish a creative project that you had put aside. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Keep your emotions in check. Although an interesting change may be taking place, you mustn’t act in haste. You would do well to consider the outcome before making a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Your attention to detail will attract an influential person. Don’t take on too many assignments at once, or you may fall short. Call in favors to get the help you need. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You may be uncertain and lack direction. Be honest about the way you feel. Spending some time with the youngsters in your family will lighten your mood as well as prove informative. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Strive to do your best, and don’t allow criticism to upset you. Be confident in your judgment — you will be able to make wise choices and good decisions. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don’t hesitate to speak your mind. Accept an invitation that allows you to meet new people and broaden your outlook and interests. A romantic connection will enhance your life.

Mutts

Garfield

Zits

Born Loser

Jump Start

Wizard of Id

B.C.

Pickles

Dilbert

Baby Blues

Get Fuzzy

Bound & Gagged

Mother Goose and Grimm

Dennis the Menace

Family Circus


THE CLASSIFIED CHALLENGE ACROSS 1 Insect stage 6 Sink down in the middle 9 Heavy haulers 14 Not quite spherical 15 Single 16 Mild-mannered reporter Kent 17 Tennis court official 19 Overzealous type 20 Point after deuce 21 More narcissistic 23 Asian New Year 24 Harbor long-term resentment 27 Portuguese explorer Vasco 30 Open court hearing, in law 31 News org. 32 Construction zone cones 36 Earth-orbiting Gagarin 39 Birds that symbolize peace 41 Right, vis-à-vis left: Abbr. 42 Early PC interface 43 Glasses, in ads 44 More than mono 46 Workout facility 47 Water, in Juárez 49 Amazingly enough 51 Creamy confection 56 End of a prof’s URL 57 Type of vegetable oil 58 Yucky muck 62 Soup scoop 64 “Stay put!” 66 Partner of vim 67 Seventh Greek letter 68 Love, to Luciano 69 Length-times-width calculations 70 Opposite of NNW 71 Yankee shortstop Jeter who announced he will retire at the end of 2014

3 Rice-A-__ 4 Capital of Austria 5 Wd. modifying a noun 6 Dr Pepper and Dr. Brown’s 7 1973 Rolling Stones ballad 8 Davis of “A League of Their Own” 9 Move like a squirrel 10 Right-angle bend 11 Political commentator with an Internet “Report” 12 Discount rack abbr. 13 Glide on ice 18 Sunlamp danger, briefly

DOWN 1 Whatever she wants, she gets March 31, 2014 Monday, 2 Zealous

GOREN BRIDGE

22 Narcissists have big ones 25 Men pocketing baseballs 26 Sometimes-illegal turns, for short 27 Fizzling firecrackers 28 Each 29 Push gently 33 Valet’s purview 34 Not shut, poetically 35 “All Things Considered” airer 37 Rogers and Clark 38 Beliefs 40 WWII vet, say 42 Synthesizer pioneer

44 Room in una casa 45 Conclude by 48 Stomach ailments 50 Lentil or pea 51 Aqua __: aftershave brand 52 Firefighter Red 53 South American range 54 Pays, as the bill 55 Radii-paralleling bones 59 Skunk’s defense 60 Fairy tale fiend 61 Eye on the sly 63 Hawaii’s Mauna __ 65 Terrible

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s Crossword,Sudoku Puzzle and Jumble solutions are included below.

WITH TANNAH HIRSCH & BOB JONES ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

BRIDGE

SOLUTIONS TO TODAY’S PUZZLES

WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q 1 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ J 10 5 2 ♥ Q ♦ K J 10 6 5 ♣ A Q 3

Q 2 - North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠J65♥ AQJ832♦ 2 ♣AQJ SOUTH ?

What call would you make?

A - In the “pass-out” seat, as here, a jump overcall shows an intermediate hand — 14-16 points with a good sixcard suit. This hand is perfect. Bid three hearts. Q 3 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AK54♥ 54♦ KJ ♣A9542

As dealer, what call would you make? A - Some hands with 5-4-2-2 distribution should open one no trump to avoid re-bid problems. This hand has an easy re-bid of one spade over a red-suit response. Open one club. Q 4 - Both vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ Q 7 ♥ K 10 9 ♦ Q 10 7 6 3 ♣ A Q 6

Q 5 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ A 7 ♥ K J 5 4 ♦ A K J 6 5 ♣ 10 3

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♦ Pass 3♦* Pass ? *5-7 points, usually 5-plus card support

What call would you make? A - There may be a perfect hand for partner that would make game a reasonable proposition, but that is against the odds and looking for it will get us too high. Pass. Q 6 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AKQ94♥ 864♦ AQJ ♣42

The bidding: NORTH 1♣ 1NT

EAST Pass Pass

SOUTH 1♠ ?

WEST Pass

What call would you make? A - Partner’s re-bid has taken slam out of the picture. Give him a chance to show three-card spade support before settling for three no trump. Bid two diamonds.

Answer:

A - Two spades or three spades? Adding value in the heart suit for both the queen and the singleton would overvalue this hand. Bid two spades.

A - A close decision, but the excellent intermediate cards in the red suits and the queen in partner’s suit call for aggression. Bid three no trump.

BATCH GLAZE DOODLE CACTUS

What call would you make?

WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass Pass

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass Pass 2NT Pass

The service at the comedy club was so bad that it was — LAUGHABLE

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass

The bidding:

SOUTH 1♦ 1NT ?

What call would you make?

The bidding: SOUTH 1♦ ?

The bidding:

(Tannah Hirsch and Bob Jones welcome readers’ responses sent to tcaeditors@tribune.com.)

The Star’s ON TWITTER THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

THABC ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC All Rights Reserved.

ZALEG DEOLDO

SACCUT

Jumble puzzle magazines available at pennydellpuzzles.com/jumblemags

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

Print your answer here: Saturday’s

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: ELECT ANKLE COFFEE OUTWIT Answer: The tire repairman charged a — FLAT FEE

For the latest in local news, visit www.AnnistonStar.com


THE CLASSIFIED CHALLENGE ACROSS 1 Insect stage 6 Sink down in the middle 9 Heavy haulers 14 Not quite spherical 15 Single 16 Mild-mannered reporter Kent 17 Tennis court official 19 Overzealous type 20 Point after deuce 21 More narcissistic 23 Asian New Year 24 Harbor long-term resentment 27 Portuguese explorer Vasco 30 Open court hearing, in law 31 News org. 32 Construction zone cones 36 Earth-orbiting Gagarin 39 Birds that symbolize peace 41 Right, vis-à-vis left: Abbr. 42 Early PC interface 43 Glasses, in ads 44 More than mono 46 Workout facility 47 Water, in Juárez 49 Amazingly enough 51 Creamy confection 56 End of a prof’s URL 57 Type of vegetable oil 58 Yucky muck 62 Soup scoop 64 “Stay put!” 66 Partner of vim 67 Seventh Greek letter 68 Love, to Luciano 69 Length-times-width calculations 70 Opposite of NNW 71 Yankee shortstop Jeter who announced he will retire at the end of 2014

3 Rice-A-__ 4 Capital of Austria 5 Wd. modifying a noun 6 Dr Pepper and Dr. Brown’s 7 1973 Rolling Stones ballad 8 Davis of “A League of Their Own” 9 Move like a squirrel 10 Right-angle bend 11 Political commentator with an Internet “Report” 12 Discount rack abbr. 13 Glide on ice 18 Sunlamp danger, briefly

DOWN 1 Whatever she wants, she gets March 31, 2014 Monday, 2 Zealous

GOREN BRIDGE

22 Narcissists have big ones 25 Men pocketing baseballs 26 Sometimes-illegal turns, for short 27 Fizzling firecrackers 28 Each 29 Push gently 33 Valet’s purview 34 Not shut, poetically 35 “All Things Considered” airer 37 Rogers and Clark 38 Beliefs 40 WWII vet, say 42 Synthesizer pioneer

44 Room in una casa 45 Conclude by 48 Stomach ailments 50 Lentil or pea 51 Aqua __: aftershave brand 52 Firefighter Red 53 South American range 54 Pays, as the bill 55 Radii-paralleling bones 59 Skunk’s defense 60 Fairy tale fiend 61 Eye on the sly 63 Hawaii’s Mauna __ 65 Terrible

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s Crossword,Sudoku Puzzle and Jumble solutions are included below.

WITH TANNAH HIRSCH & BOB JONES ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

BRIDGE

SOLUTIONS TO TODAY’S PUZZLES

WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q 1 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ J 10 5 2 ♥ Q ♦ K J 10 6 5 ♣ A Q 3

Q 2 - North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠J65♥ AQJ832♦ 2 ♣AQJ SOUTH ?

What call would you make?

A - In the “pass-out” seat, as here, a jump overcall shows an intermediate hand — 14-16 points with a good sixcard suit. This hand is perfect. Bid three hearts. Q 3 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AK54♥ 54♦ KJ ♣A9542

As dealer, what call would you make? A - Some hands with 5-4-2-2 distribution should open one no trump to avoid re-bid problems. This hand has an easy re-bid of one spade over a red-suit response. Open one club. Q 4 - Both vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ Q 7 ♥ K 10 9 ♦ Q 10 7 6 3 ♣ A Q 6

Q 5 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ A 7 ♥ K J 5 4 ♦ A K J 6 5 ♣ 10 3

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♦ Pass 3♦* Pass ? *5-7 points, usually 5-plus card support

What call would you make? A - There may be a perfect hand for partner that would make game a reasonable proposition, but that is against the odds and looking for it will get us too high. Pass. Q 6 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AKQ94♥ 864♦ AQJ ♣42

The bidding: NORTH 1♣ 1NT

EAST Pass Pass

SOUTH 1♠ ?

WEST Pass

What call would you make? A - Partner’s re-bid has taken slam out of the picture. Give him a chance to show three-card spade support before settling for three no trump. Bid two diamonds.

Answer:

A - Two spades or three spades? Adding value in the heart suit for both the queen and the singleton would overvalue this hand. Bid two spades.

A - A close decision, but the excellent intermediate cards in the red suits and the queen in partner’s suit call for aggression. Bid three no trump.

BATCH GLAZE DOODLE CACTUS

What call would you make?

WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass Pass

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass Pass 2NT Pass

The service at the comedy club was so bad that it was — LAUGHABLE

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass

The bidding:

SOUTH 1♦ 1NT ?

What call would you make?

The bidding: SOUTH 1♦ ?

The bidding:

(Tannah Hirsch and Bob Jones welcome readers’ responses sent to tcaeditors@tribune.com.)

The Star’s ON TWITTER THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

THABC ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC All Rights Reserved.

ZALEG DEOLDO

SACCUT

Jumble puzzle magazines available at pennydellpuzzles.com/jumblemags

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

Print your answer here: Saturday’s

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: ELECT ANKLE COFFEE OUTWIT Answer: The tire repairman charged a — FLAT FEE

For the latest in local news, visit www.AnnistonStar.com


THE CLASSIFIED CHALLENGE ACROSS 1 Insect stage 6 Sink down in the middle 9 Heavy haulers 14 Not quite spherical 15 Single 16 Mild-mannered reporter Kent 17 Tennis court official 19 Overzealous type 20 Point after deuce 21 More narcissistic 23 Asian New Year 24 Harbor long-term resentment 27 Portuguese explorer Vasco 30 Open court hearing, in law 31 News org. 32 Construction zone cones 36 Earth-orbiting Gagarin 39 Birds that symbolize peace 41 Right, vis-à-vis left: Abbr. 42 Early PC interface 43 Glasses, in ads 44 More than mono 46 Workout facility 47 Water, in Juárez 49 Amazingly enough 51 Creamy confection 56 End of a prof’s URL 57 Type of vegetable oil 58 Yucky muck 62 Soup scoop 64 “Stay put!” 66 Partner of vim 67 Seventh Greek letter 68 Love, to Luciano 69 Length-times-width calculations 70 Opposite of NNW 71 Yankee shortstop Jeter who announced he will retire at the end of 2014

3 Rice-A-__ 4 Capital of Austria 5 Wd. modifying a noun 6 Dr Pepper and Dr. Brown’s 7 1973 Rolling Stones ballad 8 Davis of “A League of Their Own” 9 Move like a squirrel 10 Right-angle bend 11 Political commentator with an Internet “Report” 12 Discount rack abbr. 13 Glide on ice 18 Sunlamp danger, briefly

DOWN 1 Whatever she wants, she gets March 31, 2014 Monday, 2 Zealous

GOREN BRIDGE

22 Narcissists have big ones 25 Men pocketing baseballs 26 Sometimes-illegal turns, for short 27 Fizzling firecrackers 28 Each 29 Push gently 33 Valet’s purview 34 Not shut, poetically 35 “All Things Considered” airer 37 Rogers and Clark 38 Beliefs 40 WWII vet, say 42 Synthesizer pioneer

44 Room in una casa 45 Conclude by 48 Stomach ailments 50 Lentil or pea 51 Aqua __: aftershave brand 52 Firefighter Red 53 South American range 54 Pays, as the bill 55 Radii-paralleling bones 59 Skunk’s defense 60 Fairy tale fiend 61 Eye on the sly 63 Hawaii’s Mauna __ 65 Terrible

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s Crossword,Sudoku Puzzle and Jumble solutions are included below.

WITH TANNAH HIRSCH & BOB JONES ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

BRIDGE

SOLUTIONS TO TODAY’S PUZZLES

WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q 1 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ J 10 5 2 ♥ Q ♦ K J 10 6 5 ♣ A Q 3

Q 2 - North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠J65♥ AQJ832♦ 2 ♣AQJ SOUTH ?

What call would you make?

A - In the “pass-out” seat, as here, a jump overcall shows an intermediate hand — 14-16 points with a good sixcard suit. This hand is perfect. Bid three hearts. Q 3 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AK54♥ 54♦ KJ ♣A9542

As dealer, what call would you make? A - Some hands with 5-4-2-2 distribution should open one no trump to avoid re-bid problems. This hand has an easy re-bid of one spade over a red-suit response. Open one club. Q 4 - Both vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ Q 7 ♥ K 10 9 ♦ Q 10 7 6 3 ♣ A Q 6

Q 5 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠ A 7 ♥ K J 5 4 ♦ A K J 6 5 ♣ 10 3

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♦ Pass 3♦* Pass ? *5-7 points, usually 5-plus card support

What call would you make? A - There may be a perfect hand for partner that would make game a reasonable proposition, but that is against the odds and looking for it will get us too high. Pass. Q 6 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠AKQ94♥ 864♦ AQJ ♣42

The bidding: NORTH 1♣ 1NT

EAST Pass Pass

SOUTH 1♠ ?

WEST Pass

What call would you make? A - Partner’s re-bid has taken slam out of the picture. Give him a chance to show three-card spade support before settling for three no trump. Bid two diamonds.

Answer:

A - Two spades or three spades? Adding value in the heart suit for both the queen and the singleton would overvalue this hand. Bid two spades.

A - A close decision, but the excellent intermediate cards in the red suits and the queen in partner’s suit call for aggression. Bid three no trump.

BATCH GLAZE DOODLE CACTUS

What call would you make?

WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass Pass

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass Pass 2NT Pass

The service at the comedy club was so bad that it was — LAUGHABLE

WEST NORTH EAST Pass 1♠ Pass

The bidding:

SOUTH 1♦ 1NT ?

What call would you make?

The bidding: SOUTH 1♦ ?

The bidding:

(Tannah Hirsch and Bob Jones welcome readers’ responses sent to tcaeditors@tribune.com.)

The Star’s ON TWITTER THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

THABC ©2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC All Rights Reserved.

ZALEG DEOLDO

SACCUT

Jumble puzzle magazines available at pennydellpuzzles.com/jumblemags

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

Print your answer here: Saturday’s

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: ELECT ANKLE COFFEE OUTWIT Answer: The tire repairman charged a — FLAT FEE

For the latest in local news, visit www.AnnistonStar.com


Comics & Puzzles - March 31, 2014