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COMICS &

12-08

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) - 8

(June 21-July 22) - 9

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) - 6

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - 8

Things are starting to
Disciplined efforts with
make sense.
work, services and health
Learn something new
pay off.Your energy
from the past.
grows with practice and Articulate your views
focus over the next few
and share them.
Contribute value to a
days. Nurture your
larger conversation.
physical well-being.

Listen at keyholes for
a few days.
Peaceful privacy soothes
your spirit. Complete old
projects and organize
your plans for what’s
next. Savor down time.

Taurus

Support a community
effort for satisfying
results over the next few
days. Contribute time,
energy or funding.
Encourage another’s
enthusiasm.
Compromise for
practical gain.

(April 20-May 20) - 7

Keep doing what you
said.You accomplish
more with a clear
conscience.Your efforts
get profitable today
and tomorrow.
Push for peace of mind.

Romance can blossom
today and tomorrow.
Show your affection by
offering a helping hand.
Show someone else
how to lighten up.

Virgo

Gemini

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - 9

Personal dreams seem
within reach.
You’re stronger and
more confident through
tomorrow. Push for your
heart’s desire.
Self-discipline wins
the prize.

(May 21-June 20) - 8

Get domestic for a few
days. Draw upon hidden
resources.Test a new
appliance or tool.
Insist on the real thing.
Quality shows.

SUDOKU

The difficulty level for today’s Sudoku puzzle is:

1

2

6
8
2
9 5
9 6 2
1
4
4 3
8

Changes may necessitate
budget revisions.
Get into a two-day
financial planning phase.
Strategize methodically.
Join forces with another
for funding.
Collaboration bears fruit.

Sagittarius
(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - 9

The devil is in the details.
Dress for success, and
polish your presentation
for increased
professional scrutiny
through tomorrow.
Nurture your physical
health for top
performance.

Pisces
(Feb. 19-March 20) - 8

Talk to your partner.
Communication keeps
you both on the same
page. It could even get
romantic; support each
other to grow stronger.

Hard

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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

2
9 8
7
3
8 1

5

NUYIT

Answer to
Previous Puzzle

DRAAEP

1
4
7
6
9
2
5
3
8

9
6
8
5
7
3
1
4
2

3
5
2
4
1
8
6
7
9

5
3
1
2
6
9
7
8
4

2
8
6
3
4
7
9
5
1

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 .

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

PSTAN
1208Sudoku.ccw

6
7

Aquarius
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - 8

PLUGGERS

4
7
9
8
5
1
2
6
3

7
2
4
1
3
5
8
9
6

8
9
3
7
2
6
4
1
5

6
1
5
9
8
4
3
2
7

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All Rights Reserved.

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(July 23-Aug. 22) - 9

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - 8

CNUDIT
Answer
here:
Yesterday’s

“

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

”

-

Leo

Scorpio

Investigate new scenery
for a few days.
Long-distance travel
and fruitful explorations
tempt you out.
Find treasure hidden
among the weeds.
Try new flavors.

(Answers tomorrow)
Jumbles: MAMBO
BUDDY
RITUAL
UNLESS
Answer: They didn’t like running at the health club. To
them, the machine was a — “DREAD-MILL”

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

ACROSS
1 “Yeah”
6 Whack
10 They’re corny
14 Spaghetti
Western director
Sergio
15 Refine
16 Spread for
dinner, say
17 Two foes of
Rocky
20 Request to go
out, maybe
21 Cease
22 Airs
23 Mountain nymph
26 Form of love in
Paris?
27 Two loves of
Homer
32 Implies
33 One may
accompany a
finger snap
34 Small battery
35 Mine entrance
36 Meddle
37 Artist’s array
38 Large brewer
39 Blunted blade
41 Blots
43 Two specialties
of Spock
46 “Heartburn”
novelist Ephron
47 San Diego State
athlete
48 Advances
50 Chemical suffix
51 Fertility clinic
supply
54 Two priorities of
Blondie
58 Between ports
59 Bridge site
60 A lot
61 Milk by-product
62 Oracle
63 Entourage
DOWN
1 It parallels the
radius
2 Get wind of
3 Hurrying, with “it”
4 Acapulco article
5 Cock and bull

6 Sterne’s Tristram
7 Hopper on a pad
8 Gothic novelist
Radcliffe
9 Important place
for good manners
10 Pupil’s cover
11 Cassini of
fashion
12 Honey bunch
13 Ground cover
18 Soul mate?
19 Feature of many
a list
24 Common medical
advice
25 In-flight info
26 Name at the end
of many a “60
Minutes” episode
27 MLB Network
analyst Martinez
28 Put on
29 What supply
shortages often
do
30 Big dos
31 Bridge column
word
32 Caesarean
section?

36 Clinton
transportation
secretary
Federico
37 Tony relative
39 Low-price prefix
40 Service aces?
41 Stunned
42 NYC dance
troupe
44 Kind of
45 Stadium sign

48 Eye piece
49 Arch type
50 Convenience
52 Competes
53 Bad marks in
high school?
54 Margery of
nursery rhymes
55 Female
antelope
56 Floor cleaner
57 Tabloid topic

ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:

xwordeditor@aol.com

By Paul Coulter
©2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

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