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12-07

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) - 9

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22) - 8

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - 8

(April 20-May 20) - 7

Stay close to home.
Completing an
emotionally charged
domestic project
satisfies and relieves.
Actions taken now have
long-term impact.
Make changes
you’ve been wanting.

Huddle to strategize with
teammates.
Resolve a roadblock
together.Your skillsets
complement each other.
Provide a perspective
that another lacks
Accept support
and provide it.

Leo

Scorpio

(July 23-Aug. 22) - 9

Gemini
(May 21-June 20) - 8

You’re soaking up
information like
a sponge.
Consider all options.
Strengthen connections
between friends and
communities.
The more supportive you
are, the more you gain.

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - 8

A professional goal that
you’ve long wanted is
within view. Stick to the
plan. Grab an
opportunity without
dropping other
responsibilities.
Put in extra effort.

Virgo

Sagittarius

Introspection and
meditation soothe and
refresh. Make long-term
plans for future growth.
Discipline with savings
pays off.
Dream a little dream.

SUDOKU

The difficulty level for today’s Sudoku puzzle is:

3
6 5

4
8 7
9
2
6 4

8

7
3

(Feb. 19-March 20) - 9

Maintain your physical
and health routines
despite increasing
demand for your
services. Let your
subconscious mind solve
a problem. Energize your
work through exercise.

1 2
7

by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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

Answer to
Previous Puzzle

TARILU

2
1
3
8
4
6
7
9
5

5
9
8
7
3
2
1
6
4

6
4
7
5
9
1
3
2
8

8
7
4
6
2
5
9
1
3

9
6
5
4
1
3
8
7
2

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

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME

DUYDB

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
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

BAOMM
1207Sudoku.ccw

Medium

5 6

9

Pisces

Steady, gentle pressure
works better than force.
Patiently navigate
obstacles along the road.
Focus on making
connections and
arriving safely.
Keep things simple.

8

4

Collaborative
opportunities are
heating up. Play this
game by the book.
Push, but do it gently.
Get your partner’s
point of view.
Charm each other.

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - 8

7

8

Aquarius
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - 9

You’re getting stronger
and more sensitive.
Keep your cool with
delays or deviations.
Take a creative tack to
minimize fuss,
expense and risk.
(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - 7

Take care of business.
Collaborate with partners
to pay the bills.
Curtail travel until
obstacles have passed.
Review the numbers
and keep your
objective in mind.

1
3
2
9
8
7
5
4
6

3
2
9
1
6
8
4
5
7

4
5
6
3
7
9
2
8
1

7
8
1
2
5
4
6
3
9

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All Rights Reserved.

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Taurus

Profitable ventures keep
you entertained.
Stick to your budget with
peaceful discipline.
Love gives you strength.
Share your thanks and
appreciations with
your team.

SLENUS
Answer
here:
Yesterday’s

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

“

”

-

A romantic moment may
not go as planned.
Take care of chores and
responsibilities first;
relax after.
Nimbly reschedule what
you can. Rest deeply.

(Answers tomorrow)
Jumbles: AWARD CHURN SKETCH ENROLL
Answer: She kept her gloves by the front door so they
would be — CLOSE AT HAND

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

ACROSS
1 Not insignificant
4 LeBron’s
hometown
9 Pet food brand
13 Discontinued
iPod model
14 Saltine brand
15 Action word
16 Words after an
estimate
17 Divisions
politiques
18 Those, to Pablo
19 *Award-winning
defense unit?
21 Sculler’s blade
23 Capri suffix
24 Trattoria menu
suffix
25 Chaucer offering
27 “Stagecoach,” for
one
29 Birdcage feature
31 *Manchester
hospital hookup?
34 Multichannel
36 Saturn SUV
37 One of the
Nereids
38 *Either of a
historic PGA pair?
41 Neatnik’s
opposite
44 Pioneering ISP
45 Warm-weather
wear
49 *Enforcer of
greenhouse gas
restrictions?
52 Three-time
Wimbledon
champ
53 Directive
54 One of the three
bears
56 Mai __
57 Arctic coast
explorer
58 Consume
61 Make smart
remarks ... and a
phonetic hint to
the answers to
starred clues
63 Mosque figure
65 Big name in craft
stores
67 Response to
being slain, in
texts?
68 Khartoum’s river
69 Match
70 “Would __?”
71 Notable deed

72 Saratoga action
73 PC panic button
DOWN
1 British nobleman
2 Motivate
3 Mess (up)
4 Korean sedan to
be discontinued
in the U.S. after
2017
5 Whistling vessel
6 Nation
surrounding 10Down: Abbr.
7 Director
Preminger
8 “Hidden Figures”
org.
9 “__ Maria”
10 Enclaved African
land
11 Tofu nutrient
12 Watch
13 Custom on some
cruises
20 Multiple-choice
choice
22 Louis XIV, par
exemple
26 Wrap around
28 “I, Robot” writer
30 Champion
swimmer/actor
Buster

32 Director Van Sant
33 Where ewes can
hang out
35 __ even keel
39 Biennial games
org.
40 Flightless birds
41 Making a
touchdown
42 Metro area SSE
of Casper
43 Major hassles
46 Updates the plant

47 Rush hour report
topic
48 Suppress
50 Vein contents
51 Plains tribe
55 Source of hard
and soft lumber
59 A bit cracked
60 Forum attire
62 Lackawanna’s
lake
64 Ran into
66 __ welding

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By Mark McClain
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