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In each of the squares in the grid, one of the letters P, Q, R and S must be entered in such a way that touching squares (whether connected by an edge or just a corner) do not contain the same letter. Some of the letters have alread been entered as shown.

What are the possibilities for the letter in the shaded square?

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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
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