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12-15

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) - 8

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - 6

Figure out ways to make
your work easier.
Practice routines to
discover simple
efficiencies.Talk about
health and fitness to
find new solutions.

Leo
(July 23-Aug. 22) - 7

Taurus

Games, sports, hobbies
and passions suit your
Put away provisions for
mood. Get into some
the future. Collaborate to
fun with someone
squirrel away nuts.
interesting.The winning
Listen to a loved one
arguments come easily
or child. Find the perfect
now.You’re especially
thing for your family.
persuasive.
(April 20-May 20) - 7

Gemini

Virgo

(May 21-June 20) - 8

Words of love flow easily.
Share them with
someone special.
Negotiate your way
through minor
adjustments.
Find a common thread.
Together, you can
make it.

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - 7

Decorate and beautify
your home.The next two
days are good for
domestic improvements.
Cook up something
wonderful.
Get something you’ve
always wanted.

SUDOKU

The difficulty level for today’s Sudoku puzzle is:

8

Scorpio
Generate positive cash
flow. Make a wonderful
discovery. Have faith in
your own imagination.
Step into a profitable
two-day phase.
Love flourishes too.

Sagittarius

2
1
9

Pisces

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21) - 9

(Feb. 19-March 20) - 7

You’re especially strong
and creative for a few
days. Follow a personal
passion, and develop
your project.
New opportunities
deserve investigation.
You’re irresistible.

Crazy dreams seem
possible. Prepare for
inspection over the next
two days. Articulate
your pitch, and make it.
Express what’s in
your heart.

7
4

3

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.

RAYHI

Answer to
Previous Puzzle

PLUTIP

7
1
6
8
9
2
3
5
4

3
5
8
1
6
4
7
2
9

2
4
9
5
7
3
8
6
1

6
7
5
2
3
9
1
4
8

8
2
3
4
1
5
6
9
7

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

TLAGO
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2

6
3 8
2 1
4
9
8
7 1

6

Aquarius
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18) - 7

Get into a fascinating
conversation.
Share what you’re
learning with friends
and allies. Gather ideas
and information.
Someone’s saying
something nice
about you.

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21) - 8

3

5

Think things over.
Rest and recuperate
over the next few days.
Find agreement on some
tough issues. Put in a
good word for
someone else.

Hard

9

8

Words come easily today
and tomorrow. Use them
to advance a cause.
Communications flow
faster and further.
Share resources through
your networks.
Discover brilliant
insights.

PLUGGERS

1
9
4
7
8
6
2
3
5

4
8
2
3
5
1
9
7
6

5
6
1
9
2
7
4
8
3

9
3
7
6
4
8
5
1
2

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All Rights Reserved.

Check out the new, free JUST JUMBLE app

Follow a passionate call.
Your words and heart
are aligned.
Opportunities for
exploration present
themselves.
You go further
with expert help.
Consult elders.

EETUQA

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

Print your
answer here:
Yesterday’s

(Answers tomorrow)
Jumbles: SPURN
TEASE
FALLEN
UNEASY
Answer: Track star Usain Bolt dreamed of breaking
records when he was — FAST ASLEEP

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

ACROSS
1 Meat of which
Australia is
among the
largest producers
5 Down-and-out
inn
12 Apt brew for a
golfer?
15 Healing salve
16 Oral soporific?
17 Solo with
memorable lines
18 Unfinished
Puccini work
a.k.a. “Homage
to a Dairy”?
20 Fertilization
target
21 Cashed, as a
forged check
22 Hoosegow
24 Completely filled
27 Singers do it
29 Moist-eyed
30 “Argo” setting
32 It may make you
29-Across
35 “All bets __ off”
36 Soak (up), as
gravy
38 They may be raw
41 Whistle-blower
42 Unfinished
Beethoven work
a.k.a. “Salute to
Manning”?
44 Cabin bed
45 Proceeded
cautiously
48 Arcing shot
50 Side dish piece
51 Stuck
53 What the puzzled
have
55 Baseball
commission?
57 Mex. distances
59 Tie for cooking
60 Dictators
63 Track bet
65 View
66 Unfinished
Beethoven work
a.k.a. “Dracula’s
Boy”?
71 Actress Gabor
72 “M*A*S*H” unit?
73 “M*A*S*H” actor
74 Guitarist Paul
75 Held up
76 Putin’s refusal
DOWN
1 Hasty flight

2 In the style of
3 Stylish, ’60s-style
4 Lab container
5 Like day-old
seltzer
6 Garage services
7 Dodges
8 Key usually
pressed and held
9 Takes cuts in a
box
10 Slain brother
11 Belly dancer,
e.g.
12 Unfinished
Mozart work
a.k.a. “A
Sorcerer’s Bug”?
13 Gung-ho
14 Steamed
19 Gilt-ridden king?
23 List of options
24 Square one
25 Word on Spanish
mail
26 Unfinished
Vivaldi work
a.k.a. “Water
Music for the
Mathematically
Challenged”?
28 Soft finish?
31 Dietary
watchwords
33 Farmer’s habitat?

34 Boxy Toyota
37 Persian murmur
39 Bagel shape
40 Eye sores
43 Smell to high
heaven
46 “Gangnam Style”
genre, for short
47 Ricocheted
49 Make a mess of
52 Use
54 Ancient Knossos
denizen

55 Collectible lemon
56 “Still Me”
memoirist
58 One way to come
home
61 Hit the sauce
62 Get dirty
64 Like port, usually
67 DOD division
68 Underhanded
69 Keats forte
70 2017 NLDS
player

ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:

xwordeditor@aol.com

By John Lampkin
(c)2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

12/15/17

12/15/17

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