D                
   E    S   D  O    
        F          S
   F      *    D S  
 A R      F    E    
     O      E  F A  
     D  A      R   O
                    
   A      O S    F  

Better Than A Weapon?

Place each of the characters A, D, E, F, O, R, S and * 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. Each asterisk (*) represents an unknown character other than the letters A, D, E, F, O, R and S, possibly including numbers, punctuation or special characters.

Difficulty: Easy

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Thanks,
Steve