In the grid below, place each of the letters
A, E, F, I, L, O, S and W
exactly once in each row, column and 3×3 box.

     S    I        R
   * A         S   N
          T      K  
 N      R K         
          S A  R    
 K        *    T       F O    A    W   S
 I S R                 W    E      A I F
        I              I    W   O       

In the grid above, place each of the characters
A, I, K, N, R, S, T and *
exactly once in each row, column and 3×3 box.

     A  S        O W
        O I         
 F             L W  
 E                 A

Headline (Week Ending 02 Sep 2005)

Solve the two overlapping code-doku puzzles. When you have completed the puzzle, the shaded squares will form a hidden message read left to right, then top to bottom. Each asterisk (*) represents an unknown character other than the letters in that 9×9 sudoku grid, possibly including numbers, punctuation or special characters. In this puzzle, at least one asterisk represents a punctuation character. You will not be able to complete the puzzle using the sudoku rules alone. You will have to make choices that give a meaningful message.

Difficulty: Easy

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