I    C   A
 C   I  * H         
                   R
            A  I   M
 R                  
          M I      T
 I   R      T  A    
     *    C      T  
            *  R    

Aesop's Moral

Place each of the characters A, C, H, I, M, R, T and * exactly once in each row, column and 3×3 box. There will also be one blank square in each row, column and 3×3 box. Each asterisk represents a different character other than the letters A, C, H, I, M, R and T. At least one asterisk in this puzzle represents a punctuation mark. When you have completed the puzzle, the shaded squares will form a hidden message read left to right, then top to bottom.

Difficulty: Moderate

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Steve