# CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!!

And to celebrate, here is a Christmas related sudoku:

*A friend gave this to me and it took a long time for me to solve it. Thaks to @GentlePurpleRain for providing an updated one which is unique.

• CHRISTMAS has 8 distinct letters. CHRISTMAS IS COMING has 11. The grid contains exactly the letters of CHRISTMAS. What is the intended repertoire of symbols for this puzzle? (Am I missing something?) – Gareth McCaughan Dec 16 '16 at 17:37
• @GarethMcCaughan 'Christmas is coming' has nothing to do with the sudoku. The letters for the sudoku are 'CHRISTMAE' (S repeated twice in 'CHRISTMAS') – Beastly Gerbil Dec 16 '16 at 17:39
• The no-computers tag doesn't mean we can't use image editors, right? – TrojanByAccident Dec 16 '16 at 17:50
• @Saiid of course not – Beastly Gerbil Dec 16 '16 at 17:54

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