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A landmark game

Trump Tower is a $400 bargain on Monopoly's New York City edition, which is coming to FAO Schwarz ($220 in game money), Macy's ($220) and other retailers, where it will sell for a real $25.

The game is played just like the original, but instead of Atlantic City, N.J., landmarks, the hot-and-heavy capitalist trading is over such places and things as the Four Seasons restaurant ($280), the Statue of Liberty ($140), the Brooklyn Bridge ($100) and The Plaza ($320).

Yes, Trump Tower is the most expensive property on the board.

USAOPOLY, the licensee of Parker Brothers, which owns the original game, will be marketing customized editions for other cities.

A version for Miami is under consideration, said Jim Montalto, president of USAOPOLY. And other Florida cities might be considered down the road.

Even the New York City game has a Florida connection. Its national sales director is Jan Parker, who grew up in Pinellas County. The Largo High School and Florida State University graduate has designed a variety of children's games, books and products. She now lives in San Francisco.

Jokes stay on track

Jay Leno is far from chastened by Amtrak's decision to withdraw $2-million worth of commercial time from his network, NBC, in response to jokes the comedian has made about Amtrak's safety record.

"Amtrak today unveiled their new slogan," said Leno, who entertained at a dinner-dance last week at the Association of National Advertisers conference in San Diego. " "You feel lucky, punk? Do ya?' "

Fashionable recycling

Lands' End Inc. said it will use recycled paper for about 90 percent of the pages in its catalogs by the end of this year, in response to the urgings of its customers.

"Our customers have told us they'd like to see more recycled paper used in the catalog," said president and chief executive Bill End.

Unlucky October

October, not April, is the cruelest month.

It's when managers are most likely to lose their jobs, says The Innis Co., an employment consultancy.

Innis president John Alston says that as soon as the fourth quarter begins, "corporate firings increase and stay hectic through the holidays. Companies are looking at how to meet year-end goals and they want to clear the dockets for the new year."

A big bucks idea

Want to be a millionaire but think it will take too long?

Nonsense, says Scott Humphrey, who has written a book called How to Save a Million Dollars.

Humphrey says millionaire status can be achieved in 10 to 15 years, and you don't need an income in six figures to do it.

Among his tips: Develop a plan to get out of debt and stay out of debt _ including your mortgage. Put together a savings plan and stick to it. And choose relatively safe high-yield investments.

"You won't make it overnight," Humphrey said. "But look at it this way; if you only make it halfway and save $500,000, that's still several hundred thousand more than you probably would have had otherwise."

No credit where credit's due

If you've been turned down for a credit card, chances are the decision was made by a machine, not a human being, says The Banker's Secret Bulletin, a newsletter that says it shares bankers' secrets with ordinary people.

"The computer will dial up your credit report and then, without benefit of human review, you'll be evaluated by that bank's unpublicized, ever-changing credit scoring system."

The computer considers how many cards and loans you have, how much you make and owe, what your bill-paying history is and how many other institutions have requested reports on your credit.

_ Compiled from reports by the Associated Press and Bloomberg Business News.

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