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12-12

PUZZLES

HOROSCOPE

BRIDGE

BY LINDA BLACK

Tribune Media Service

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries

Cancer

Libra

Capricorn

(March 21-April 19) - 7

(June 21-July 22) - 7

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) - 9

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - 8

Prepare your home for
upcoming family
gatherings. Get creative,
and have fun with it.
Involve your crew in
the planning.
Include tasty treats.

Leo
(July 23-Aug. 22) - 7

Taurus

You’re especially
charming and clever.
Practice makes perfect.
You’re gaining points
Maintain health and
with someone
exercise routines despite
you admire.
a busy schedule.
Read, research and
You’re building strength,
write your views.
energy and endurance.
Use
diplomacy to
Go for stability over
coordinate
collaboration.
long-shot fantasies.
(April 20-May 20) - 8

Virgo

Gemini

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - 8

(May 21-June 20) - 8

A brilliant insight
regarding finances
opens unconsidered
possibilities.Think about
ways to make money
with brains, not brawn.
Present your
argument tactfully.

Relax. Don’t sweat
the small stuff.
Expect awkwardness or
technical breakdowns;
keep your sense of
humor, and focus on
having fun with
someone special.

SUDOKU

The difficulty level for today’s Sudoku puzzle is:

5
8
2

Scorpio

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - 8

Find a tranquil spot to
contemplate and plan.
Keep a low profile,
and gather information.
More study is required.
Plot your moves for
action later.

Discuss short-term travel,
and study objectives.
Adapt to the news on
the ground.
Make a startling
discovery.
Keep a respectful tone,
especially when in
unfamiliar territory.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - 8

Pisces

Friends back you up.
Listen to other
perspectives for a
wider view.
Determine the message
together, and send it
through the grapevine.
Share what you’re
learning.

(Feb. 19-March 20) - 7

Handle finances to
manage what you
need right now.
Anticipate some
controversy. Work things
out with your partner
and family.Take charge
and make things happen.

4
5
2
1 9
4 6 3
2
7 3
9
5 2

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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

©2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC
All Rights Reserved.

GITID

Answer to
Previous Puzzle

5

8
6
2
4
7
9
5
3
1

1
9
3
2
5
6
8
4
7

4
7
5
1
8
3
2
9
6

7
3
9
8
6
2
4
1
5

6
5
8
7
1
4
9
2
3

One letter stands for another.
In this sample, A is used for the three L’s, X for the two O’s, etc. Single letters, apostrophes,
the length and formation of the words are all hints. Each day the code letters are different.

AXYDLBAAXR is LONGFELLOW

WISHING WELL

HERE IS A PLEASANT LITTLE GAME that will give you a message every day. It’s a numerical puzzle designed to spell out your fortune.
Count the letters in your first name. If the number of letters is 6 or more, subtract 4. If the number is less than 6, add 3. The result
is your key number. Start at the upper left-hand corner and check one of your key numbers, left to right. Then read the message
the letters under the checked figures give you. © King Features Syndicate, Inc. 2000. World rights reserved

BY BILL KEANE .

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek .

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

Fill in the grid so that every row,
every column and every 3x3 grid
contains the digits 1 through 9
with no repeats.

CRYPTOQUOTE

THE FAMILY CIRCUS

JUMBLE

NEMOY
1212Sudoku.ccw

4 1

1 8

Aquarius

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - 5

Easy

3

7

A professional challenge
requires contemplation
and finesse with
negotiations and details.
It’s not about glory.
Trust, but verify.
You’re gaining a
deeper understanding.

Consider a personal
decision. Get feedback
from family and friends,
but ultimately the choice
is yours. Mull it over.
Do your research.

PLUGGERS

2
4
1
3
9
5
6
7
8

3
2
7
6
4
8
1
5
9

GTIYRT
9
8
4
5
3
1
7
6
2

5
1
6
9
2
7
3
8
4

Check out the new, free JUST JUMBLE app

Consider an upcoming
conversation with your
partner. Reveal a secret
while remaining
sensitive to
another’s feelings.
Discuss possibilities,
commitments and
crazy dreams.

CNQEHU
“

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

”

Yesterday’s

HIS

(Answers tomorrow)
Jumbles: MANLY
DOILY
FORGET
ROTATE
Answer: They spent the day with their daughter’s children and had a — GRAND TIME

THE LOS ANGELES TIMES DAILY CROSSWORD
Edited by Rich Norris & Joyce Nichols Lewis

ACROSS
1 1960s
presidential
monogram
4 Gremlins and
Pacers
8 Lands’ End rival
14 World Cup cry
15 Naked
16 Crossreferencing
phrase
17 Potato __: 61Across dish
19 Items in a 59Across lit for 61Across
20 Novelist Ferber
21 Key with four
sharps
23 Wife of Jacob
24 Fervor
25 Rebecca of
“Risky Business”
27 Relaxed
condition
29 “¿__ pasa?”
32 One lacking
manners
34 Cowboy boot
attachments
36 Pack in cartons
37 Traditional 61Across surprise,
aptly boxed, and
spelled with the
only four letters
of the alphabet
that don’t appear
elsewhere in this
grid
38 Range dividing
Europe and Asia
39 “You gotta be
kidding”
40 Rx items
41 Coffee server
42 Long-finned
tunas
49 Nash priest, not
beast
50 Roughly
54 Make __ dash for
57 Expired
58 Contented
sounds
59 61-Across
centerpiece
61 Two-millennia-old
tradition that
begins at sunset
tonight
63 Football rushing
plays
64 Greek love god

33 Plow-pulling
48 Philadelphia
team
suburb
35 Washing
49 Smells
machine cycle
51 Gathered
36 Mormon sch.
leaves
43 University
52 Trim whiskers
founder Stanford 53 Actor Milo
44 Malaise, with
54 Home of Iowa
DOWN
“the”
State
1 Pop icon Jennifer
45 Swiss peak
55 Diner handout
2 Razor insert
46 Kidney-shaped
56 Added
3 Barbara Bush’s
nut
stipulations
twin sister
47 1998 Masters
60 Regret
4 Legal org.
champ Mark
62 “__ as directed”
5 Manage
somehow
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
6 Sweet liqueurs
7 Bagel seed
8 Finds out
9 Actor Cariou
10 In a shoddy way
11 She, in Paree
12 On an ocean liner
13 Quick snack
16 Music for a film
18 Hardhearted
22 Actor Voight
26 Take for granted
28 Annie, notably
29 Campus hangout
30 Addresses
beginning with
“http://”
31 Letter before tee
32 Dutch South
African
12/12/17
xwordeditor@aol.com
65 December 24,
e.g.
66 Figured (out)
67 Suffix with
ransom
68 Org. with narcs

By Bruce Haight
(c)2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

1/12/17
12/12/17

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