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Walter sticks to a strict schedule each weekday. He pays close attention to his digital watch, but it's not an ordinary watch.

Here is his typical day in order:

Each morning at sun, his alarm goes off and he rolls out of bed.
After a fifteen minute shower, breakfast, and a commute, he arrives to work at zoo, right on the hour.
For lunch break, he makes scrambled eggs, always cooked by pans.
Then he goes for a quick jog around park.
In the afternoon, he has a nap rest break.
After work, it’s time for a quick card game: it’s uno.
Less than an hour later, at spa, he relaxes for a bit.
Then zap – it’s time for dinner.
It’s always tough getting the kids to bed; their bedtime is war.

One day at work, a co-worker asked Walter what time it was. He checked his watch and replied “It's now.”

What time was it?

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It is

$3:09$

The digits are represented by letters. zoo being an exact hour tells us that $o=0$. The four digit times pans and park say that $p=1$ and $a=2$.
$r,n,u\le5$ because they appear as ten minute digits. $r>n$ from the lunch break and $s=u+1$ because spa is within an hour of uno. This gives $3,4,5,6=n,r,u,s$. $k,z,w\ge7$. $s<z<w$ from the first two lines and last two lines. $z=s+2$ because 15 minutes after sun (653) is before zoo (800). Then $w>z$ and $w=9$ leaving $k=7$.

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  • $\begingroup$ I tried to put line breaks in the explanation but then could not get the spoiler marking to work. $\endgroup$ Nov 24, 2022 at 4:54
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