T        A
          H    R    
 G I E             S
   T    A        E  
 I                  
   S    G R         
 T      S      E I H
   E                
            R  S    

Poker Hand

Place each of the letters A, E, G, H, I, R, S and T exactly once in each row, column and 3×3 box. When you have completed the puzzle, the shaded squares will form a hidden message read left to right, then top to bottom. 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: Fiendish

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Thanks,
Steve