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BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES East-West vulnerable. West deals. NORTH ♠A K 8 6 4 ♥Void ♦A K 7 ♣A K 6 4 2 WEST EAST ♠J ♠Q 10 5 ♥A K Q 9 2 ♥J 5 3 ♦Q J 2 ♦10 9 6 4 3 ♣Q 10 9 3 ♣J 8 SOUTH ♠9 7 3 2 ♥10 8 7 6 4 ♦8 5 ♣7 5 The bidding: WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH 1♥ Dbl Pass 1♠ Pass 2♥ Pass 2♠ Pass 6♠ All pass Opening lead: Ace of ♥ North reasoned that East’s failure to raise hearts and West’s failure to rebid his heart suit marked South with at least four, maybe five hearts. Counting on South to also have four or five spades meant that North could cover all of South’s minor suit losers. This thinking led North to leap boldly (wishfully?) to slam. South was unaware of this brilliant reasoning and was nervously awaiting the sight of dummy. “Got anything?” he asked his partner, as West made his opening lead. The wonderful dummy gave South

some reason to hope. He saw that if he could develop dummy’s club suit and ruf a diamond, he’d have a chance. South ruffed the opening heart lead in dummy and cashed the ace of trumps. He then cashed the ace and king of clubs before leading a third club. East discarded a heart rather than ruff in front of South with his natural trump trick. He was worried that South might have a third diamond and would just discard it. South rufed, crossed back to dummy with a diamond to the ace and led another club. Again East discarded a heart as South rufed. Declarer led a diamond to the board’s king and ruffed dummy’s last diamond. South attempted to cross back to dummy with a heart ruff, but East over-ruffed and led a diamond. South ruffed in dummy, drew the last trump and claimed. The established club in dummy was the twelfth trick. Well done! (03/02/16)

Across 1 *Do in, old-style 6 Org. for Janet Yellen, with “the” 9 *Grocery line count 14 Suffix with Obama, once 15 One more than due 16 Judge’s determination 17 SeaWorld frolicker 18 Club selection factor 19 *Tiny biters 20 Phil who sang “Draft Dodger Rag” 21 Overlook, as a fault 23 With 38- and 52-Across, 1964 Bob Dylan song … or a hint to the answers to this puzzle’s starred clues

25 Sine, for example 28 Midtown Manhattan cultural attraction, for short 29 Bigger than big 31 GI address 33 Symbol of penance 36 Nutritional figs. 37 Make a run for it 38 See 23-Across 41 “Need ___ on?” 42 When Brutus struck 44 Make even slicker 45 Some refrigerators 46 Foot-long sandwich option 49 “See ya!” 51 5 for B and 6 for C 52 See 23-Across 56 Affair that led to Scooter Libby’s 2007 conviction, informally




WORD GAME March 2 WORD — HAREBELL (HAREBELL: HAIR-bel: A perennial plant with bellshaped blue or white flowers.) Average mark 23 words. Time limit 40 minutes. Can you find 37 or more words in HAREBELL? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — INFARCT raft naif rain fact rani faint rant fair rift fiat cairn firn cant franc cart frantic craft frit tarn anti train antic RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.


M 1 • WeDneSDAy • 03.02.2016

58 Steering wheel option 59 *Gives off 62 You, impersonally 63 Number of strikes in a turkey 64 Lash of old westerns 65 Nabokov heroine 66 Canasta plays 67 *Answer to “Who’s there?” 68 Pro ___ (for now) 69 *“No more, thanks”

Down 1 ___-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 2 One of 20 in a book 3 How Buddhists strive to live 4 Connects with 5 Musical gift 6 N.J. town next to Palisades Park 7 Great Lakes tribesmen 8 How a daring quarterback may throw 9 2001 Sean Penn movie 10 Service with a bird logo 11 The “E” of 12-Down 12 Army fare, for short 13 1960s antiwar org. 21 Flop’s opposite 22 Place for a shot 24 “___ my wit’s end!” 26 “Colorful” folk duo

HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Diicult.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ The unexpected occurs when dealing with a partner. This person will be there for you, but he or she tends to be high energy. You can handle it, though. Tonight: A friend goes out of his or her way for you.

If March 2 is your birthday • This year you are willing to change your direction, if need be. You could ind that you are perpetually evaluating your inances. If you are single, you could meet someone at any point this year. If you are attached, the two of you could encounter a certain amount of pressure in your day-to-day relating. Sagittarius can be pushy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★ Share more of your feelings, and you will learn more information as a result. You might be jolted by some of what you hear. Tonight: Return calls irst.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ Be willing to take a risk and break past a restriction. A nurturing associate or someone you ind to be quite soothing will make a big diference in how you feel. Tonight: Break out of your normal patterns. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★★ Relating to individuals and understanding their reactions could make all the diference. With more insight, you might not be so reactive. Your ingenuity will deine your successes or your failures. Tonight: Accept an invitation. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ Others seek you out. On one level, you might be overwhelmed, but on another level, you might be lattered. You are coming from a place of security, and you can handle the unexpected. Tonight: Decide who, where and when. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ You know what you want to accomplish, and you have every intention of doing just that. An older relative or friend could send you a mixed message. Your determination could be tested. Tonight: Just don’t be alone. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ You might feel as if you are on cruise control until someone throws you a curveball. You will have to put out ire after another. You have the energy and the wherewithal to handle any problem. Defer to others, if need be. Tonight: Once more, you’ll show of your stuf.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★ You can get past a problem if you relax and get past a inancial hassle. Your nerves could be frayed by recent events, which could continue. What you are learning is to expect the unexpected. Tonight: Trust yourself.

Puzzle by Adam G. Perl

27 River to the Missouri 29 Golf’s Aoki 30 Those, in Taxco 31 Touched down 32 “The Taming of the Shrew” setting 34 Rosemary, for one 35 Part of a Masonic symbol

39 40 43 47 48 50 52 53 54

Nouveau ___ Director Kazan Place of privacy “Obviously” 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champs Reason to take off one’s hat “Hoarders” airer Third-stringers ___-France (region including

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★ You will get past a problem quickly because you are resourceful and open to new ideas. No matter which way you turn, you’ll see a situation diferently. Tap into your ingenuity to decide which way to go. Tonight: In the limelight. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★ Stay anchored, knowing that you have had enough change on the homefront. Though you might not be able to stop someone from being who he or she is, you can choose not to react in a negative way. Tonight: At home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ Reach out to someone you care about. You might be stunned by this person’s reaction, but you already know how unpredictable he or she can be. Know that more is coming down the pike toward you. Tonight: Zero in on what you want.

Paris) 55 Bikini blast, briefly 57 Target of blame 59 “Y”-sporting collegian 60 Antislip protection 61 Recipient of much Apr. mail 63 Texter’s “Didn’t need to know that”


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★ You might be pushing too hard to get noticed. You could be in a position where you need to accept more of what is happening around you. Tonight: Burn the candle at both ends. STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.