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WKND - - Bollywood Celebrity Idols - BY MIL­TON BLACK • for The week end­ing MAY 5

In a mat­ter of the heart, you are not likely to mince words. When you speak, you will ad­dress the es­sen­tials of a very emo­tional sit­u­a­tion that con­cerns you. So­cially, you will be en­ter­tain­ing loved ones and your feel­ing of gen­eros­ity will in­crease. A sud­den or un­ex­pected sur­prise could come your way and you may take up a new cre­ative in­ter­est.

JAN 21 FEB 18 PISCES FEB 19 mar 20

An ex­cit­ing in­vi­ta­tion may be of­fered to you. You may be in­flu­enced by over- in­dul­gence or over- spend­ing in a way that is un­like you. This should be your op­por­tu­nity week but don’t waste it. A con­tract, new be­gin­ning or a big ad­ven­ture will chal­lenge your sense of se­cu­rity and di­rec­tion. Be con­fi­dent and don’t hes­i­tate to push your­self for­ward.

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A pos­i­tive word at the right time may have you one jump ahead of your op­po­si­tion. There may be an un­usual con­nec­tion with some­one from your past and this could open a new door of op­por­tu­nity that has been closed for some time. Don’t al­low fi­nan­cial af­fairs to get out of hand; oth­ers may try to rush you head­first into in­vest­ment matters. Your mind will be earth­bound and you will dis­play fore­sight in all you do. An ex­cel­lent time for busi­ness progress, or to make changes to your daily rou­tine. Don’t be afraid to push ahead with ne­go­ti­a­tions, or make that im­por­tant de­ci­sion con­cern­ing your fu­ture. A turn of events may oc­cur re­gard­ing money and you could be the ben­e­fi­ciary.

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Be care­ful with all fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions; you are likely to spend with­out think­ing. You seem con­fi­dent that there is an abun­dance of money or other re­sources to back you up and that could be your down­fall. Dis­ci­pline will be vi­tal if you wish to achieve a suc­cess­ful out­come in ca­reer matters. So­cial ac­tiv­i­ties bring luck. Don’t sit back and take things for granted. Pur­sue your goals, get out and meet peo­ple, ex­tend your­self, make an independent de­ci­sion with con­fi­dence, and show your ex­ec­u­tive abil­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity. This is an ap­pro­pri­ate cy­cle to han­dle prac­ti­cal matters. Sport may take your fancy.

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A change of pace may have you work­ing late in or­der to com­plete an ar­du­ous task. If you want greater fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity, you will have to work for it. Ex­pect a cy­cle of new be­gin­nings. Don’t bite off more than you can chew; your stub­born ego may get in the way of com­mon sense. You may start a new as­so­ci­a­tion with a strate­gist in fi­nan­cial and busi­ness matters. A joint affair will bring free­dom and ex­cite­ment, so mix a lit­tle money with friend­ship. Good luck may strike when you least ex­pect it. Be care­ful; you may miss some­thing you’ve planned or taken for granted.


Pleas­ant vibes are in­di­cated in your do­mes­tic life and you will be ap­pre­ci­ated for your abil­ity to get things done. Chil­dren fea­ture strongly in your week, with their de­vel­op­ment through education or sport. Luck and money may come through for you un­ex­pect­edly. Ex­pect ma­jor changes in busi­ness and do­mes­tic life. You may have a wil­ful ten­dency to break from tra­di­tional pat­terns, but you ei­ther can’t make up your mind or won’t make a change for rea­sons un­known. Strength­en­ing your per­sonal re­la­tion­ships will be im­por­tant to you. Ex­cit­ing fam­ily reunions will ease your in­se­cu­rity.


An out­ing or spe­cial event may prove costly, so keep all fi­nances on bud­get. Your ag­gres­sive na­ture will cer­tainly swing into ac­tion when an op­por­tu­nity arises or be­cause of the thrill of com­pe­ti­tion. Try out a new method of per­form­ing tasks, but avoid be­com­ing brash. A won­der­ful so­cial in­vi­ta­tion could have you over the moon.


A num­ber of de­vel­op­ments could crop up and your fu­ture suc­cess could be guar­an­teed, if you ex­er­cise dis­cre­tion. Deem ev­ery­thing that hap­pens as a chance for per­sonal growth. An im­por­tant busi­ness dis­cus­sion will leave you ju­bi­lant and a fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment can be fi­nalised to your ad­van­tage. Fam­ily brings hap­pi­ness.

as 3. This logic can be ex­tended to any num­ber of dif­fer­ent weights.

— Manoj Joshi, mjoshi8@ ya­hoo. com

You didn’t men­tion the type of bal­ance! The so­lu­tion is dif­fer­ent if it is a sin­gle pan elec­tronic bal­ance or an old fash­ioned pan bal­ance. — Sud­hakar, suri­neni. sud­hakar@ gmail. com

( The third prob­lem was: “Fill let­ters into the brack­ets so as to gen­er­ate two more words in each case. The let­ters when read in se­quence must gen­er­ate an­other word. The first is filled in to help you. Run ( T) Rain...” — MS)

Fill- THE- Bill- DEPT: Run ( T) Rain; No ( W) Rite; Ant ( I) On; Rave ( N) Ei­ther; Sin ( K) Night; Cow ( L) Ice; Wag ( E) Very. And they spell out the word TWIN­KLE — Alan D’souza, ia­ma­land@ gmail. com ( Yes, Asiya Al Ju­mana Mun­dackal, asiyaalju­mana@ gmail. com, you got it right too. — MS)

ENDGAME ( A lot of you com­plain that I don’t give you tough ones. Well, take this, but don’t com­plain when you can’t get it.) An in­sect is crawl­ing along a rub­ber band that is at­tached to a wall at one end and a car mov­ing away from the wall at the other. The car is mov­ing at 1m/ s while the in­sect is only mov­ing at 1cm/ s. As­sum­ing the rub­ber band is uni­formly and in­fin­itely elas­tic, will the in­sect ever reach the car?

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