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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer knew he'd be in headlines on a regular basis this season. He did not count on making the puzzle section. Yet, there was his name in Tuesday's USA Today crossword.

Instead of front-page news, he was a clue to 7-Down: "Max Scherzer's pride."

Scherzer is not a regular crossword solver, but bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer spotted it.

"As soon I got here, he goes, 'You made it,'" Scherzer said.

The three-letter answer was supposed to be "ARM." Scherzer, however, had a little fun with it.

"If they did their homework, the answer should be DIC for eye color," Scherzer tweeted with a picture of the puzzle.

DIC is the abbreviation listed on Scherzer's driver's license for his eyes -- one brown, the other blue.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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