Horoscopes May 31, 2020: Colin Farrell, take control of your emotions.

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Colin Farrell, 44; Brooke Shields, 55; Tom Berenger, 71; Clint Eastwood, 90. Brooke Shields / AFP PHOTO / Hector RETAMALHECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images  Happy Birthday: How you handle day-to-day problems will make a difference. Take control of your emotions, and look for practical alternatives that suit the changing lifestyle trends, and you will up your game and be ready to take on whatever comes your way. Think smart, act practically and do your best to implement healthy routines and practices. Your numbers are 3, 10, 17, 26, 31, 38, 42.  ARIES (March 21-April 19): Consider your attributes and what you have to work with, and you will come up with a plan that will help you be diverse and cutting-edge concerning your career and the lifestyle you want. Protect your health. 3 stars  TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’ll accomplish the most if you work independently of others and have a goal in mind. What you accomplish will lead to an unexpected opportunity. How you revise your daily routine will bring results that distance you from unnecessary meddling. 5 stars  GEMINI (May…

Word Game: May 31, 2020

TODAY’S WORD — QUALITIES (QUALITIES: KWAHL-ih-tees: Inherent or distinguishing characteristics.) Average mark 40 words Time limit 60 minutes Can you find 58 or more words in QUALITIES? TODAY’S WORD — QUALITIES quail quale quasi quest quiet quilt quit quite utile aisle alit lase lasque last late least lest liaise lieu list lues lust lute isle islet istle tail tale talus teal tequila tile east equal etui sail sale salt salute sate saute seal seat silt site slat slate slit slue squat squeal stale steal stela stile suet suit suite To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed. Contact Word Game…

Bridge: May 31, 2020

A reader sent me today’s deal — from a duplicate event — with a tale of woe. She was declarer at four spades after West had preempted in hearts. West led the king of hearts. “I took the ace,” my fan writes, “and since it was duplicate, I went for an overtrick: I took the A-K of clubs to pitch my last heart. Unfortunately, West ruffed. I ruffed his heart return and led the king of diamonds, but West took the ace and led a trump, and East won and led a second trump. Then I could ruff only one diamond in dummy and had a second diamond loser. Down one. “I’m wondering if I should have tried to safeguard the contract. And was my partner right to bid four spades? If West hadn’t preempted, North’s hand would have been worth only inviting game.” Clearly, my fan is a thoughtful player. To answer her second question first, an opponent’s preempt often forces you to stretch to avoid being stolen from. North’s four spades was correct. The question about the play is harder. South could make…

Ask Amy: Is it offensive for a white girl to speak Spanish?

DEAR AMY: I have a basic understanding of Spanish. I know enough to hold a friendly conversation. From my time working in a restaurant, I can handle pretty much anything related to food. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  I personally find using a different language to be really fun, when the situation presents itself. However, I’m not sure when it is appropriate to do so. For example, I know that the cleaning women in my building speak Spanish. Would it be inappropriate for me to say, “Hola, ¿cómo estás?” when I pass them in the hallway, instead of “Hi, how are you?” Or when I’m getting takeout and I hear the cashier speaking Spanish, would it be rude to order in Spanish instead of English? I’m afraid that a white girl going out of her way to speak a different language comes across as pretentious. Or worse, like I’m implying that the person doesn’t speak English well enough to interact with me in it. Related Articles Ask Amy: I want to fire our scary handyman, but my husband won’t back me up Ask Amy:…

Dear Abby: I neglected to tell my new husband I wouldn’t take his name

DEAR ABBY: I’m in my mid-30s and have just been married for the first time. I chose not to take my husband’s last name for several reasons. I have a child from a previous relationship who shares my name; I have a unique name that I love; and I am established in a career in which name recognition is important. I am also an older bride. Jeanne Phillips  Unfortunately, I didn’t discuss it with my husband before the wedding, although I did explain my reasoning later. We participate in a lot of activities as a couple where our names are written out, and people often ask me why I have a different last name. My husband is really bothered by it and hates when people bring it up. I want to make him happy and make these situations less uncomfortable, but I refuse to change it. Related Articles Dear Abby: It’s like it wasn’t enough that she took my husband Dear Abby: They’re a family of hotheads, and I’m tired of their abuse Dear Abby: I suspect he got this dog to keep me out…

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