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COMICS &

12-16

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) - 7

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - 6

Nurture your health and
fitness while balancing
rising demand for your
attention. Postpone what
you can to prioritize your
own well-being.
Small changes reap
big rewards.

Taurus

Leo

(April 20-May 20) - 8

(July 23-Aug. 22) - 7

Monitor balances in
shared accounts.
Collaborate with your
partner. Don’t get
sidetracked.
Provide common sense
solutions and stand up
for core commitments.

Gemini
(May 21-June 20) - 8

Creativity bubbles over.
Try something crazy.
Follow an interesting
thread in your
investigation.
Add illustrations.
Write and craft your
story. Share your
expression.

Find a peaceful
sanctuary, and drink it in.
Trees and gardens
soothe and inspire
your imagination.
Keep an open mind with
recent changes.
Look for opportunities.

Aquarius

Scorpio

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - 8

Pull your share of the
load. Inspire your team
by your example.
Coordinated
collaboration produces
satisfying results.
Enjoy meetings,
gatherings and parties.
Deepen valuable
connections.

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - 9

The puzzle pieces are
falling together with
regard to love and
romance.
Exciting surprises
present new
opportunities.
Relax, and wait to
see what develops.

A lucky break brings a
lucrative opportunity
into your orbit.
Don’t lose what you’ve
got to get more.
Insight and
inspiration abound.
Creative talents pay off.

Virgo

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - 9

Sagittarius

Pisces

You’re especially strong
Join forces with a master (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - 7
and creative.
of surprises, and imagine Domestic projects keep
Innovation rules.
you busy. Prepare for
a shared future.
Friends think you’re
upcoming gatherings.
Talk about different
brilliant.Your wisdom
Plan menus, invitations
possibilities, and share
includes knowing when
and decoration.
creative solutions.
to keep quiet.
Get your family involved. Less interference
Strengthen a
Share your appreciation. is better.
partnership.

SUDOKU

The difficulty level for today’s Sudoku puzzle is:

(Feb. 19-March 20) - 8

Prepare for a test.
Based on your
performance, a rise in
status is possible.
Don’t get distracted by
old fears. Innovation
doesn’t require a
revolution.

8 3 1
5
3
4 6
7
3 2
2 8
6
9 3
4 8
1
9
4
1
2 7 5
5 2
6
8

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

Answer to
Previous Puzzle

LHIRTL

8
9
5
1
6
3
4
2
7

6
1
2
4
9
7
5
3
8

3
4
7
5
8
2
1
9
6

4
5
1
9
7
8
2
6
3

9
8
3
6
2
5
7
4
1

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

PLUGGERS

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

MIYDL

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.

BY BILL KEANE .

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

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by mike Argirion and Jeff Knurek .

USIES
1216Sudoku.ccw

Very Easy

5
9 4
1

JUMBLE

7
2
6
3
1
4
8
5
9

5
3
9
8
4
1
6
7
2

2
6
8
7
5
9
3
1
4

1
7
4
2
3
6
9
8
5

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All Rights Reserved.

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Today’s good for travel
and exploration.
An old trick works again.
Turn down an
expensive invitation.
Stick to practical roads.
Deviations reveal
fabulous mysteries.

BLAYBF

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

Answer
here:
Yesterday’s

(Answers Monday)
Jumbles: GLOAT
HAIRY
PULPIT
EQUATE
Answer: After acing the math test, her parents asked
how she did, and she answered — ALL RIGHT

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

ACROSS
1 Overwhelming
place for many
country folk
11 Once-a-week
mantra
15 Early secondmillennium style
16 Modern-day
carpe diem
17 ’80s scandal
18 Pro shop
purchase
19 Remove fluff
from, perhaps
20 Blond, in many
cases
21 Moved to
another table
22 Dispatch to the
cutting room
floor
24 Easy money, in
theory
26 Some retirement
purchases
27 Pinkberry
competitor
28 Hardened, as
concrete
29 Layers
32 Make a mild
romantic
overture to
33 Eastern way
34 Causes to be
36 Anka hit with a
Spanish
influence
38 Iron-__
39 Era, perhaps
41 Place for a pin
42 Opening
43 Facts and
figures
44 Physical pros
45 “Right,
understood”
47 Fig. at the state’s
courtroom table
51 “Odyssey” fruit
52 They have small
roles
54 Unlike narrators,
usually
55 Duty-__
56 Could
conceivably get
58 Hazzard County
deputy

59 “Is it safe to
talk?”
60 Calls the game
61 Plot markers

29 FedExCup
seeker
30 Subject of the
biography
“Stormy Weather”
31 Notwithstanding
32 “Big deal”
35 Let out for a time
37 Jazz club
highlight
40 Sail
44 Ordinary people

46 One may be
educated
48 Western
Wyoming county
49 Revolutionary
diplomat Silas
50 Opening stakes
53 “Oh mah __!”
56 “Unlikely!”
57 Banded
Wonderland
wear

DOWN
1 Strained, e.g.
2 Large mass
3 Modern box filler
4 Went back and
forth
5 Business issue
6 Natural history
museum objects
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
7 “Ohio” group,
initially
8 Educational
placement aids
9 Double-stuffed
holiday dish
10 Pro’s call
11 Generally
unstressed
12 Stiff-legged
stride
13 Twitchy
14 Chair accessory
21 Big name in
aluminum history
23 Pilot’s ideal
outcome?
25 MLB stats
12/16/17
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By Peter Wentz
(c)2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

12/16/17

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