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EV2 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES Both vulnerable, South deals NORTH ♠Void ♥K Q 3 ♦7 6 4 2 ♣Q J 9 8 7 5 WEST EAST ♠A 7 ♠9 8 5 3 2 ♥A 8 7 6 2 ♥J 10 9 5 4 ♦A Q 8 5 3 ♦10 9 ♣10 ♣A SOUTH ♠K Q J 10 6 4 ♥Void ♦K J ♣K 6 4 3 2 The bidding: SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ 2♠* Pass 3♥ 4♣ 4♥ 5♣ 5♥ 5♠ Dbl 6♣ Dbl All pass *Hearts and a minor, at least 5-5 ? Opening lead: Today’s deal was reportedly played in a rubber bridge game at the Istanbul Bridge Center in 1989. Bridge is quite popular in Turkey and there are many fine Turkish players. Imagine things from West’s point of view. His opponents had bid a slam and he was the proud owner of three aces. Not only that — his partner had doubled, not him! What a blood bath this was going to be. West only had to decide which ace to lead. He chose the ace of hearts. OOPS!

NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD South ruffed the ace of hearts lead and led the king of spades. West covered and dummy ruffed. Both of South’s diamonds went on the king and queen of hearts. A trick was conceded to the ace of trumps and South scored up his doubled slam. West, we are told, wandered aimlessly around the bridge club for quite a while, muttering to himself all the time. He asked several friends if they thought it was possible to find a trump lead from his hand. A trump lead, in fact, is the only lead to defeat the contract two tricks. The ace of diamonds, instead, will lead to down one. The ace of spades lead would fare no better than the ace of hearts, as declarer would have been able to discard all four of dummy’s diamonds on his spades. What would you have led? tcaeditors@tribune.com



1 Leg muscle, in sports slang 6 Beach lotion letters 9 Grease, informally 13 Tough HS science course 14 “If I Could Turn Back Time” singer, 1989 15 Per item 16 “I’m game — just give me the signal” 19 Iowa senator Ernst 20 Kind of cord for a daredevil 21 Emmynominated Lucy 23 ___-ray Disc 25 Costa ___ 26 Celtics playerturned-executive

March 12 WORD — PELAGIC (PELAGIC: puh-LAJ-ik: Of, relating to, or living in the open sea; oceanic.) Average mark 19 words. Time limit 30 minutes. Can you find 25 or more words in PELAGIC? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — EDIFYING dine edgy ding edify dingy eying dyeing defy dying defying feign deify fend deifying fiend deign find deny fine dignify 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.

58 “Let’s do it!” ... or comment on the last words of 16-, 26- and 47-Across, when said together out loud 64 Laundry basketful 65 Horrible person 66 Oreo filler 67 The first “O” in YOLO 68 Scot’s “not” 69 Lift up


1 Sarcastic laugh syllable 2 Human’s closest relative 3 Many a CFO’s degree 4 When the abolition of slavery is commemorated 5 Toy on a string 6 “Thar ___ blows!” 7 Calligraphy tool 8 Naan-like Native American food 9 Cape Canaveral event 10 In quite a spot 11 Yawner 12 Sword’s name with two accents 14 “Four-alarm” food


If March 12 is your birthday • This year, you could be stoic and determined, manifesting unusual endurance, yet you also could become flaky and silly in a New York minute. GEMINI is always full of news and chatter.


29 Snake warning 32 On the open ocean 33 Stitch line 35 Something a pedant picks 36 Cambridge sch. 37 Come before 40 Dallas sch. 41 Prefix with brow 42 Fly majestically 43 Suppress 45 Pots’ partners 47 Something to take after a garlicky meal 50 Cinnamony tea 52 1914-18 conflict, for short 53 Broke a fast 54 Get hold of 56 1960s British PM ___ Douglas-Home


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-Difficult.


M 1 • TUeSDAy • 03.12.2019

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHH Handle major concerns, such as finances, in the a.m. You will get new information if you are open to discussion. By afternoon, communication activates. You can scarcely get a free moment. Tonight: Be open in discussions. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH You beam in the a.m. Where others cannot turn a situation around, you can by midafternoon. Be willing to take steps to improve your situation. Remain responsive. Tonight: Spend a little on you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Your sixth sense kicks in during the morning. A question you might ask and subsequent information you are given forces thought. Once you start discussions, communication flourishes. Bright ideas will stem from these talks. Tonight: Paint the town red. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Feelings run high in the morning when you want to communicate an idea. If someone is defensive, you need to give him or her the space to work through this mood. Maintain a low profile. Tonight: Get a good night’s sleep. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Others eye your ability to bring people together and take the lead. You might need to bring up a fragile topic with one specific person. Remain caring. Your openness melts another person’s resistance. Tonight: Take a suggestion seriously. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH Look past the obvious and think carefully. News from a distance could give you a lot

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17 Org. for the Indiana Fever and the Atlanta Dream 18 “Yes, Pierre” 21 Sonia Sotomayor, e.g. 22 Like a gut feeling 24 Remove, as a light bulb 26 Block, as a stream 27 Pups’ protests 28 “___ whiz!”

30 Biles of the 2016 Olympics 31 Publicitygrabbing move, maybe 34 Go together well 38 Smokey of R&B 39 Body part that might be “sympathetic” 44 Pricey Apple computer 46 Beer-and-lemonade drink 48 Slumbering no more

49 Piece of a mosaic 51 Assistance 54 Flight hub for Norwegian 55 Godsend 57 Per item 59 Airport code hidden in FUEL GAUGE 60 Ticked-off feeling 61 Island garland 62 Mornings, for short 63 Court divider

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to think about. Midday, you take charge of a project. Others admire your efficiency. Do not nitpick. Tonight: A must appearance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHHH One-on-one relating in the earlier part of the day draws you closer to the other party. By afternoon, you eye a conceptual interaction. Understand what someone is saying, although you might need to stop and walk in this person’s footsteps. Tonight: Let your imagination lead. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHHH You might not believe how sensitive you feel now. You could want to clear the air with someone you care about. Allow greater give-and-take. Realize that this might be intense. Tonight: One-on-one relating.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Getting going could be difficult, but you will do so by afternoon. Your interactions become more dynamic as a result. You make an impression. You could find that this person intellectualizes a lot. Tonight: Say “yes.” CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Your creativity soars, and you feel more in touch with your feelings than you have. Touch base with a child or someone who stimulates your creativity. You will want to apply one of your ideas in the near future. Tonight: Doing your thing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH Allow your playfulness to emerge. Try to remain centered. Communication flourishes between you and a loved one. If single, you could meet someone out of the blue who might be very enticing. Tonight: Put on your dancing shoes.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH You could be direct and say what you want. Others want to put in their two cents, too. As a result you might want to close your office door or take some much-needed personal time at home in the later day. You need to keep it together, if possible. Tonight: Stay anchored. STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.