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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2005

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

LIVING

LOS ANGELES TIMES DAILY CROSSWORD PUZZLE

1 Cook's amts. 5 Avian perch 10 Eye shades 14 Per unit 15 Improper, as influence 16 Steinbeck character 17 Desi Arnaz signature line 19 Sauterne or Syrah 20 Goalpost connector 21 Malibu or Sonata 22 PC linking system 23 Fox-sighting cry 25 Moisten in the pan 29 Chinese spool-onstring balancing skill 31 "Reckon so" 33 Faucet fault 34 Thurman of "Kill Bill" films 37 Dweeb 38 "__ Foolish Things": old song 40 Not clueless about 41 Part of R&D: Abbr. 42 Fawns' moms 43 Support, as a motion 45 Lift 48 Wharf 49 Daggerlike gun attachment 51 Gesture from Churchill 53 Out of practice 54 Like some ash 59 "I smell __!" 60 Judy Carne signature line 62 Belafonte hit 63 How negative numbers are often shown 64 General Bradley 65 Mtg. 66 Chaser in an oater 67 House opening? 1 Soothing powder 2 Boot attachment 3 Somewhat, on a score 4 1974 Gould/Sutherland spoof 5 Dance from Cuba

DOWN ACROSS

HOROSCOPE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2005: New beginnings happen this year. You are starting a new life cycle, which could be very positive. Your birthday coincides with a New Moon, emphasizing your strong will and ingenuity. Your creativity and magnetism peak. Use your gifts from the planets this year, but also be aware of others' needs. There will be a tendency to be me-oriented, as so much is happening so fast. Responsibilities weigh on you, and you might need to take on more than you would like. If you are single, out of your many suitors, you could find "the one." If you are attached, give your sweetie lots of attention. This relationship isn't only about you. SCORPIO is a soul mate. ······· The stars show the kind of day you'll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult ······· ARIES (March 21-April 19) 5555 Others continue to run with the ball; you might go along with this behavior for now. You might want to make a financial resolution that could impact your savings, retirement and long-term goals. Tonight: Don't take any risks, please. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) 5555 You are not being ignored; in fact, others want you around. It is just that your opinions might not be as welcome as usual. Do what you need to do; follow through on a project. Right now, listen more than talk. You could get uptight and feel restricted. Tonight: Roll with others' plans. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) 555 Right now, you need to buckle down and cut the frivolous mood. You might have more to do than you would like. Are you thinking about a new health or diet plan? Make that your resolution on this New Moon. Tonight: Take a walk after dinner. CANCER (June 21-July 22) 55555 You have ideas when others are stumped. You find solutions when others say there is no answer. Use your unique abilities. A new beginning is possible with a creative or romantic project. Tonight: Let your hair down. Any excuse will do. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) 555 Pressure builds on the home front. Someone wants to remodel or buy a new home. You might want to do just that. Think about how you ultimately want your personal life to look. Take the first step. Tonight: Think "home office." VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) 55555 What you say might perk up those around you. In fact, make it a point to initiate activity more often, or at least touch base with loved ones. Your efforts toward others come back in multiples. Tonight: Clear out paperwork. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) 5555 You know how to make money and maximize a natural gift or talent. Making important decisions that involve your handling of funds could make a difference. Be careful with a friend or a meeting. Don't internalize comments. Tonight: Pay bills. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) 55555 You are all smiles. Though someone might try to rain on your pa-

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

6 Readily available 7 Scent 8 "Cogito, ergo __" 9 Ball raiser 10 Poet Amy 11 Jack Paar signature line 12 Bluesy Washington 13 "I __ reason for ..." 18 Aegean sights 21 Sty fare 23 Sea dogs 24 "__ Irish Rose" 25 Tie tightly 26 Tommie of '60s'70s baseball 27 Richard Dawson signature line 28 Actor Danson 30 That is, in Latin 32 Back burner locale 35 Helena's st. 36 Capp of comics 39 Pressure from the cops 40 Rocks at the bar 42 Contradict 44 Throw out forcibly 46 Gambling games 47 Conjures up

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49 Slender nails 50 Invisible vibes 52 Ignore in pronunciation 54 Playback machines, briefly 55 On the peak of

56 Seward Peninsula city 57 "__ old cowhand ..." 58 Like some US mail 60 Drink gingerly 61 Lennon's lady

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rade, the operative word is "try." A new beginning or a resolution might be more powerful today than in previous periods. You are likely to succeed. Tonight: Continue to smile. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) 555 Information you get is definitely not complete. Do not react or feel down about it. Rather, open up and make your own observations. You will land on your feet no matter what. Trust your intuition. Tonight: Do some quiet work. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) 55555 If you know what you want and are willing to forge an independent path, you will succeed. A partner or associate could put down your idea. You know what you are doing. Remain confident. Meetings are instrumental. Tonight: Don't count on anyone but yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) 555 You have a way of bringing others together. Your professional status is enhanced because of the manner in which you are dealing with others. A friend, loved one or partner could be jealous. Try to ease this person through these feelings. Tonight: Don't count on an early bedtime. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) 55555 Take your time checking out information. If you feel like work or life is a drag, consider a change, whether it is changing fields, taking a workshop or taking up a new interest. Whatever you decide to do is likely to become a reality. Tonight: Rent a movie. ·······

Jacqueline Bigar is on the Internet at www.jacquelinebigar.com

WORD GAME

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TRIVIA QUIZ

Yesterday's word: PUMPKINS pink pinup pump punk mink minus musk sink skim skimp skin skip snip spin spun spunk sump sunk

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Today's word: FULSOME

(FUL-sum: Offensive to good taste.)

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r Average mark 17 words r Time

limit 35 minutes Can you find 25 or more words in FULSOME? The list will be published tomorrow.

1. What company makes Oreo cookies, Jell-O, Post cereals and Maxwell House coffee, among a large number of products? 2. Who is next in line for the British throne? 3. Of the following films, which one won the 1948 Oscar for best picture: "Treasure of Sierra Madre," "Johnny Belinda," "The Snake Pit" or "Hamlet"? 4. Name the capital of Fin-

land. 5. What was the name of King Arthur's sword?

ANSWERS

1. Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris Cos.). 2. Prince Charles. 3. "Hamlet." The actor who portrays Hamlet, Laurence Olivier, also won an Oscar. 4. Helsinki. 5. "Excalibur."

By Bill Ballard

©2005 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

"God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me."

Rules of the game: 1. Words must be four or more letters. 2. Words which acquire four letters by the addition of "s," such as "bats" or "dies" are not used. 3. Only one form of a verb is used.

©2005, United Feature Syndicate. Inc.

-- Thomas Huxley, English biologist (1825-1895)

Foster son isn't getting what he needs, deserves

and certainly no love. I love Richie. It DEAR ABBY: My older makes my heart ache sister, "Katie," has to see him emotionthree children -- an ally neglected. It also adopted son, a foster causes me distress to son and a biological see that Katie seems son -- all under the blind to the way she age of 3. Katie and her EAR BBY behaves toward him. husband took in their EAR BBY foster son, "Richie," Jeanne Phillips The rest of our family only because he's the Jeanne Phillips sees what's happening, but no one seems biological brother of their adopted son. They didn't to know how to handle the situaknow if they'd get to keep Richie tion. My husband and I have been or not, so Katie closed herself off unable to have children of our to him emotionally. During the year and a half own, and we currently keep that she has had Richie, he has Richie every weekend. We have become, in essence, an "invisi- considered taking him in ourble" child. She shows him no selves, and if possible, adopting kindness, no positive attention him. He loves us as much as we

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love him. My question is, should we (our family) stand together and try to convince Katie to open her eyes and change her ways, or would it be better for everyone involved if my husband and I were to adopt Richie? And if so, how do we do this without creating a rift in the family? Distressed in Wisconsin DEAR DISTRESSED: Whether she wants to admit it or not, your sister must be aware on some level that she's unable to love Richie as she does the other boys. I recommend that you take it slowly: The first thing that you, your husband and the extended family could do would be to "sympathize" with Katie about how hectic her life must

be with three tiny toddlers on her hands. Suggest that you'd be happy to "lighten her load" by taking Richie more often. (You may find that she'll be delighted.) Once you have established that routine, begin mentioning how hard it is for you and your husband to see him go home. After that, the next logical step would be to offer to adopt the boy -- which might provide your sister with the "out" she needs. If she's open to it -- and let's pray that she is -- you won't have to inform child protective services that the boy is being emotionally starved and neglected. If she's not, I hope you will step in on his behalf anyway,

because the damage your sister is doing to that child will affect his view of himself and the world for the rest of his life.

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating "Bart" for 4 1/2 years. He moved into my home three years ago, and so did two of his adult children, ages 22 and 24. I have talked with his children about either getting their own place or following my rules when they live under my roof. (Most of the time they are living with girlfriends.) Bart thinks it's OK for his children to live here, not listen to us, and not give me any money to help with the bills. I don't know what to do. Going Crazy in Virginia

DEAR GOING CRAZY: Bart's "children" are living the life of Riley. Are they staying with you now? If the answer is yes, set a date for them to be out and insist upon it. If they are not, begin rethinking the way you use the spaces they were occupying and/or storing their things. Instead of a bedroom, think hobby room, exercise room, den or a storage area. One thing is certain: If there's no bed to sleep in, it will be more difficult for them to impose upon you. P Does Bart pay his own .S. fair share? If not, you are being taken advantage of.

©2005 Universal Press Syndicate

C AROLYN H AX

Tell Me About It

Nude photos: See them from his perspective

CAROLYN: I've been seeing this guy for about six months, and the other night when we were talking, the subject of posing for nude photos came up. I told him I posed for a couple of my exboyfriends and now he's obsessed about it. He wants me to get them all back, but to be honest, I don't know if I could track them all down, and I really don't care that they have them. I didn't think it was a big deal at the time and I still don't, but he's really upset about it. What can I do to make him realize this is no big deal and shouldn't affect our relationship?

DEAR A.N.: Nothing. If he thinks it's a big deal, then it is. To him. You can, however, try to make him realize it's no big deal to you. Explain that this is who you are. You are not modest. Or, you're trusting, or unfamiliar with Google, or some degree of all three. If he refuses to accept this about you, then that's telling you something. You can also make yourself realize what's going through his mind. Not to make yourself agree with him, necessarily; couples can survive different opinions (and in fact have to, unless we want society full of paired-off pod people trolling bridal expos . . . oh wait). But it's tough for couples to get past a lack of respect for each other's differences. Search your emotional archives, dig through what you know about him, see if you can find any sympathy for, or even basic comprehension of, his viewpoint. And if you find some, tell him so. Then tell him what you're willing to do, if anything, to make him feel better -- what you're able to do without shoving your integrity into a box in the back of your closet. If, on the other hand, your digging yields not even basic comprehension of his viewpoint, much less respect, then that's telling you something, too.

DEAR CAROLYN: I have been married for 15 years and thought I was happy. But I now have a big crush on a man I work with. Is this normal? Does this mean something is missing in my marriage? Wisconsin DEAR WISCONSIN: Something is missing from your marriage: newness. It will also be missing a few years from now if you flee your marriage and run off with your crush -- not that you were necessarily even considering it. Which is why it's a good idea not to even consider it. It is possible, of course, for a crush to wake someone up to the fact of an unhappy marriage. If you've been building a careful wall between you and that loneliness you can't bear to face, then a crush can blow a hole through all your hard work. But a happy marriage is built on the certainty that there's a better this or that out there, always -- but you just don't want it. And if you thought you were happily married, then you probably were, and will be again after the newness expires between you and the man at work, and you become incredulous that you ever had a crush on this person. You're human. It's normal. It passes. In the meantime, try bringing those "new" feelings home.

©2005, Washington Post Writers Group

Taking flight with the naked Barbies

ROSE, from C-1

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Truth is, I don't recall even the barest notion of why I collected egg cartons nor what I did with them. I just did. So who am I to tell my kids they have too many Barbies? Let them be, I say. I mean, I turned out OK, right? Don't answer that. The other thing about our Barbies is that they are all naked. They lie in heaps and piles of tangled, plastic, notquite-anatomically correct nakedness -- a truly discomfiting sight to a father who hopes to shield his children from any and all dissolute imagery, although I suspect a contemporary child would need to be at least 13 before these tableaux would access the lurid pockets of the imagination. My kids, they dress and undress their Barbies incessantly, obsessively, compulsively, but -- at the end of the day -- they are all naked. (The Barbies, not the kids.) They are bare canvasses,

so to speak, upon which to begin the next morning's sartorial exercises. I decided I could fit about 15 or so Barbies into my carry-on bag and began to try to dress them from the mounds of discarded dresses, gowns and fashionable minis that litter my floors. I found this task about as easy and pleasant as hanging Sheetrock. Apparently you need fingers smaller than toothpicks to accomplish this. I gave up the task. And that's how I ended up recently wandering around several major American airports with a small satchel stuffed full of naked Barbies. All mashed together in a fleshy heap. No other luggage to speak of. Nothing checked in. No personal clothes or items; I am fully outfitted in Maryland. Just a laptop computer, a couple of notebooks and a suitcase full of naked Barbies. If anybody was ever wearing a sign at airport security that screamed FULL BODY CAVITY SEARCH, it was me. Guns, knives, drugs, explosives and cigarette lighters -- that's old hat. A travel bag stocked with Lesbian Orgy by Mattel is a whole 'nother circumstance.

Mercifully, I made it from Point A (New Orleans) to Point B (Maryland) without incident. That's because none of the security screeners would make eye contact with me. Or maybe I was only imagining that. Maybe the X-ray machines render the plastic components of Barbies almost invisible. Or maybe the imagery was so creepy that no one wanted to deal with this haggard man with a carry-on bag full of naked Barbies. Pass by, horseman. And that's my story. Not much there, really. But there comes a point at which I choose to purge myself of the images of the smell and the dust and the sepia horizons of New Orleans. Of all the doubt. Sometimes I just want to ponder something else. Sometimes I just want to travel halfway across the country just to see my kids smile and to crawl under the covers with them at night and listen to their syncopated chorus of snores and nose whistles, wince at their involuntary spasms and howls, and stare at the ceiling and wonder at the wonder of it all.

Columnist Chris Rose can be reached at [email protected]; or at (504) 352-2535 or (504) 826-3309.

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