Jack Dempsey: He rode the rods and would stop off at a town. He walked into the nearest bar and set up a betting ring. The locals would bet on their fighter against Dempsey. Jack would bet on himself, and in one minute or less he disposed of the local fighter. He collected the money and would do the same thing in the next town. Jack would score a knockout in the first round to collect the money and then ride off.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You overcome odds and you will win. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio persons play key roles. Come out fighting no matter what the contest. Stick to your own style.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your numerical cycle 5 equates to Mercury. Due to wit and wisdom, you overcome the roughest opposition. Take chance on romance, display derring-do.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Attention revolves around protection of family, beautifying surroundings. Dance to your own tune; win all the marbles. Virgo will play outstanding role.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Good meal makes you feel you could conquer the world. Avoid self-deception. Maintain realistic outlook. Pisces, Virgo persons help you overcome odds.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Following emotional letdown you will rise to score sensational victory. Capricorn-, Cancer-born persons play unusual roles. Special communication verifies views.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Answers to pertinent questions can be found in arcane literature. Lay low, time is on your side. Aries, Libra persons figure in dramatic scenario. Erase self-doubt.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Co-worker decides that you are destined to win. Those who were against you will become valuable allies. Make fresh start; display courage of convictions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Give attention to family member who complains, "You never have time for me!" Spotlight on family, home, financial security. Cancer native plays dynamic role.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Elements of timing, luck ride with you. This could be the start of a winning streak. Be aware, alert and do push your luck. Gemini figures prominently.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Key is to be thorough, to detect subtle errors. As result, you will be regarded as hero. Taurus, Scorpio persons will play unusual roles. Proofreading necessary.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You experience greater freedom of thought, action. Relative helps locate missing legal document. Show appreciation without being obsequious. Written material helps you win.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Circumstances turn in your favor. Be selective; insist on quality. You will be at right place at crucial moment almost effortlessly. Taurus, Libra play roles.

IF NOVEMBER 18 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have universal outlook and strange ability to predict future. People are drawn to you with their questions, problems. Aries, Libra persons play important roles in your life -- could have these letters, initials in names: I and R. Change of residence, marital status indicated in December. You will have ownership of valuable land. Sagittarian plays top role.

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