The rhyming flavor text and title hint at using the feeder answers that are modules in Kudosudoku. The flavor text also hints at using the title.
The numbers by the first set of boxes are indexes into one of the two words into the title: HONORABLE (9 letters) or MENTIONS (8 letters).
The feeder answers can be sorted alphabetically and then applied to the letters extracted from the indexes to fill the boxes.
Three by Three
Special Colored Puzzle
|PISCES||101 (E)||•• (I)||SW•E (M)||6 (Pink)|
|CAPRICORN||1110 (N)||•—• (R)||NW•N (T)||5 (Blue)|
The dot in the semaphore can be replaced with anything, as long as it separates the two flags positions.
Rearranging the highlighted characters to match the boxes at the bottom gives indexes into the feeder answers. The second number given is a letter count, showing which feeder answer to index into.
|(N•NE [Numbers]) SW•S  out of 7||SNOOKER||100  out of 9||SEMAPHORE|
|5 out of 9||SEMAPHORE||6 out of 9||ASTROLOGY|
|—••••  out of 7||SNOOKER||11  out of 4||CODE|
|ONE out of 4||CODE||••••—  out of 6||BINARY|
|(N•E [Letters]) NW•N NE•E NW•W [TWO] out of 6||BINARY||NINE out of 9||ASTROLOGY|