L.A. Times crossword puzzle is running in today’s Classifieds.
1 Plead
4 Yanks
9 Marathon
13 Death notice, for short
15 Amphitheater
16 Declare openly
17 Qualified
18 Bawler
19 Bird’s beak
20 Made less taut, as a rope
22 Doing nothing
23 Hit the __; depart
24 Anger
26 Like Jacuzzi waters
29 Penalizes
34 Express one’s viewpoint
35 Sat for an artist
36 “You __ My Sunshine”
37 Jewelry for the finger
38 Is fond of
39 Store away
40 Peg for Tiger
41 Felt sick
42 Napped leather
43 Helped out
45 Overlaid with gold
46 Actress __ West
47 Skater’s oval
48 __ up; support
51 Commenting
56 __ it in for; intend to harm
57 Stay away from
58 Weaver’s frame
60 __ tea
61 Josh with
62 Days of __; times long past
63 Harp of old
64 Go into
65 Actor Berry
Four spades had no play for EastWest — they were off three aces
and a trump trick — but bidding
it brought a likely profit when
North misjudged by bidding on to
five clubs. The contract seems
hopeless. Can South find a way to
make it?
West continued with another
spade at trick two, won by South,
who immediately led a low heart.
West split his honors, playing the
queen, losing to the board’s ace.
Declarer cashed the ace and king
of clubs, drawing trumps, and led
another low heart. West rose with
the king and shifted to the jack
of diamonds, but it was too late.
The fall of East’s 10-nine of hearts
meant that dummy’s jack and then
seven of hearts provided parking
places for both of declarer’s low
diamonds. Five clubs bid and
West could have defeated this
contract a couple of different ways.
A shift to the jack of diamonds
at trick two would have done the
job. Declarer would have to judge
well, ducking the first diamond
and winning the second, to hold
his losers to three tricks. The
diamond shift is far from obvious
and few would find it.
West could also have ducked the
second round of hearts, allowing
dummy to win the jack. East-West
would never win a heart trick, but
they would get two diamond tricks
in return — a trade West would
love to make right now.
1 Feathery scarf
2 Flows back
Fish’s breathing organ
Wild dog
Harness strap
Leg joint
Tiny fish in a tin
Dog bite danger
Jailbird’s room
Author __ Stanley Gardner
__ up; getting emotional
Apple’s center
Get __ of; shed
Vital artery
Secret agents
Chianti and Chablis
__ fun at; ridiculed
Wear away
__ up; sutured
Able to read and write
In a pouty way
As poor __ church mouse
Get in the way of
Structural beam
Dr. __; TV psychologist
Level; smooth
Castle trench
Wall recess
VP Al __
“Freedom of speech
and freedom of action
are meaningless without
freedom to think. And
there is no freedom of
thought without doubt.”
Bergen Baldwin Evans,
American author (1904-1978)
Today’s birthdays:
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker
is 89. Singer Buddy Greco is 88. College
Football Hall of Famer John Brodie is 79.
Singer Dash Crofts is 76. Rock singer David
Crosby is 73. Country singer Connie Smith
is 73. Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 69.
Actor Antonio Fargas is 68. Singer-musician
Larry Graham is 68. Actress Susan Saint
James is 68. Actor David Schramm is 68.
Author Danielle Steel is 67. “Far Side”
cartoonist Gary Larson is 64. Olympic
gold medal swimmer Debbie Meyer is 62.
Actress Jackee Harry is 58. Actress Marcia
Gay Harden is 55. Basketball Hall of Famer
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is 55. Singer Sarah
Brightman is 54. Actress Susan Olsen is
53. Actress Halle Berry is 48. Actress Catherine Bell is 46. Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 44. Actor Scott Michael Campbell
is 43. Actress Lalanya Masters is 42. Actor
Christopher Gorham is 40. Actress Mila
Kunis is 31. TV personality Spencer Pratt is
31. NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is 27.
All puzzle solutions are on Page 2E.
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August 14, 1944: The federal government allowed the manufacture of
certain domestic appliances, such as
electric ranges and vacuum cleaners,
to resume on a limited basis.
1848: The Oregon Territory was
1900: International forces, including
U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put
down the Boxer Rebellion, which was
aimed at purging China of foreign
1909: The newly opened Indianapolis
Motor Speedway held its first event, a
series of motorcycle races.
1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt
signed the Social Security Act into law.
1945: President Harry S. Truman announced that Japan had surrendered
unconditionally, ending World War II.
1951: Newspaper publisher William
Randolph Hearst, 88, died in Beverly
Hills, California.
1969: British troops went to Northern
Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman
1973: U.S. bombing of Cambodia
came to a halt.
1980: Workers went on strike at the
Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in
a job action that resulted in creation
of the Solidarity labor movement.
Actress-model Dorothy Stratten, 20,
was shot to death by her estranged
husband and manager, Paul Snider,
who then killed himself.
1989: South African President P.W.
Botha announced his resignation after
losing a bitter power struggle within his
National Party.
1994: Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the
terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal,”
was captured by French agents in
• 5E
A roller coaster from Playland Park is reflected in a water hole at Dodge Park in October 1959.
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AUSTIN, Texas — This Girl Scout
cookie-inspired pie comes from
Allison Kave, a baker with an online
pie shop called First Prize Pies, who
recently published her first book,
“First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy
Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the
Year (and More)” (Stewart, Tabori
and Chang, $29.95).
After winning the Brooklyn Pie
Bake-off, Kave started her own pie
business, and her all-star creations,
including Root Beer Float Pie, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie and
Irish Car Bomb Cream Pie, quickly
led to a book deal.
Try your hand at making some of
them at home.
Samoa Pie
For the shortbread crust
1½ cups shortbread cookie crumbs, from 15 to 20 cookies
2 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For filling
2 cups sugar
¼ cup corn syrup
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 (14-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted shredded coconut
For the topping
¼ cup toasted shredded coconut
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or chips
¼ cup heavy cream
Make the crust: Grind the cookies in a food processor until finely ground or seal them in a plastic bag
and crush them with a rolling pin. Pour in the butter
(they’re very buttery already, so use just a little at a
time) and mix (hands are best for this) until the texture
is that of wet sand. Firmly press the crumbs into a
9-inch pie pan. Chill the crust in the freezer or fridge
while preheating the oven to 350 F.
Bake it for about 10 minutes, until golden, and then
let it cool completely. Make the filling: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, stir together ½ cup water, the sugar,
and corn syrup until the sugar is mostly dissolved.
Cook over medium-high heat, moving the pan around
occasionally, until the caramel has turned a dark amber
and reached 360 degrees on a candy thermometer. Keep
a close eye at this stage, as the caramel can burn very
Remove the caramel from the heat and immediately
start to whisk in the butter. Be very careful here: The
caramel will start to bubble violently and release a lot
of hot steam. Open the chilled can of coconut milk, and
spoon off the thick white coconut cream from the top,
discarding the remaining water. Whisk this coconut
cream into the caramel until it is fully dissolved, then
add the vanilla and salt. Stir in the toasted coconut, and
pour the filling into your prebaked pie shell.
Refrigerate the pie, uncovered, for at least 1 hour,
until the surface is set. Sprinkle the toasted coconut
over the surface of the pie.
Make the topping: Heat the cream until scalded, and
then pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then whisk until glossy. Using a fork, drizzle the
ganache over the surface of the pie in a crosshatch
pattern, then sprinkle over the toasted coconut. Return
the pie, uncovered, to the fridge to fully set, for at least
4 hours but preferably overnight. Serve the pie at room
temperature. Running a sharp knife under hot water
will make it easier to slice through the sticky caramel
filling. This pie can be kept in the refrigerator for up to
1 week, covered in plastic wrap.
Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at
birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a
set of degrees for convenience. For best results, readers
should refer to the dates following each sign.
A baby born today has a Sun in Leo and a Moon in Aries.
Happy birthday for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014:
This year is the first year of a new 12-year luck cycle. Focus on your goals, and you will be able to manifest them
more easily. If you are single and romance and being in a
committed relationship are your desires, it is more than
likely to happen. There will be many different potential
suitors as you zero in on finding Mr. or Ms. Right. If you
are attached, the two of you demonstrate a newfound
closeness and a silliness that remind others of young
love. You enjoy the energy that Aries has, but you won’t
want him or her to influence you too frequently.
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) ★★★★ — You might notice
that others are shielding themselves from you. Some
people even might become exhausted after speaking with
you! Be your spontaneous self, and reach out to those
who enjoy your high-voltage ways. Tonight: You are top
dog. Go for what you want.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★ — You seem to be maintaining a low-key position and a laid-back attitude around
others. You might not expect any uproar, but you do see
the possibility of a lot of sudden change. You could gain
unusual insight into someone you care about. Tonight: Get
some extra zzz’s.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ — You’ll zero in on
what you want. A meeting could allow greater give-andtake between you and someone else. You might be on
the same page, but an unexpected twist could arise. Be
aware of this person’s perceptions. Tonight: Out till the
wee hours.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ — Take a deep breath
before starting an important conversation. Be careful if
it involves someone whom you feel you have to answer
to. Don’t let a situation become too difficult; otherwise,
you could be on the receiving end of a strong reaction.
Tonight: Play it low-key.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ — You’ll be more than
willing to try out a new idea or take a vacation to some
strange land. You understand the value of offbeat situations opening up your mind. For now, all you might be able
to do is find a restaurant with unusual cuisine. Tonight:
Have a one-on-one chat.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ — You are very sure of
a partner, and you feel extremely stable. Your confidence
could be a result of your ability to tolerate whatever heads
your way. Think about this when someone brings an unusual dynamic into your life. Tonight: Do your own thing.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★ — Others continue to
dominate your plans, regardless of what you might have
decided your priorities would be. You work well with others, but know what will happen if this becomes a pattern:
You could become resentful. Be careful. Tonight: Go along
with a suggestion.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ — You will want to
move through a problem more quickly than is possible.
Relax with a slower pace. An element of disruption could
surround your day. Understand that the unexpected might
prove to be more exciting. Tonight: Release stress through
some exercise.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★ — You’ll come up
with one good idea after another. Your creativity seems to
flow in many different directions. A loved one will delight
in your imaginative flights of fancy. Make some delightful
plans in the near future. Tonight: Act like the weekend is
already here.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★ — Stay centered
and close to home, if possible. You even might consider
working from home or taking a personal day. You are likely
to have a lot of events coming down the pike. Zero in on
your needs once more. Deal with one person directly.
Tonight: Follow the music.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ — Make calls and
listen to what others share. You will need to unravel some
personal issues or a grudge. A loved one is a source of
excellent advice, and he or she is likely to pitch in and
help. Don’t let anyone rain on your parade. Tonight: Meet
up with a favorite person.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★ — A daily issue
keeps arising, and you’ll need to clear it out. Don’t forget
to make an appointment for a checkup with your doctor.
You might feel frustrated by the lack of returned calls
from a certain someone. Tonight: Treat yourself to a new
wardrobe item.