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What lies on its back, one hundred feet in the air?

Place each of the letters of PEDANTIC exactly once in each row, column and 3×3 box. In addition to the letters, each row, column and 3×3 box will also contain one empty square. When you have completed the puzzle, the shaded squares will form the punch line of the joke read left to right, then top to bottom.

Difficulty: Easy

Here is a print-friendly version of this puzzle.

Other difficulties:

All of these can be solved using the sudoku placement rules alone, and they all have the same hidden message.
Choose a puzzle difficulty that fits your interest, or solve the easy puzzle then try a harder one after
you know the message.

- Moderate — Requires no advanced techniques
- Tough — Cannot be solved with elimination alone
- Tougher — Cannot be solved with elimination alone
- Tricky — Requires something beyond row/box and column/box interactions
- Fiendish — Requires more than row/box and column/box interactions
- Diabolical — Can be solved using logical methods
- Extreme — Has a unique solution using the placement rules alone. Really.

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Thanks,

Steve