I'm completely stuck on how to move on with this Sudoku - what's the next number?


It's from The Times puzzles - number 12583 on 13/08/21


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One possible next action involves the fifth row.

R5C2 can only be a 2 or a 5.
R5C4 can also only be a 2 or a 5.
This "naked pair" means that in the other locations in row 5 there is no 2 or 5.
In particular, R5C5 can now only be a 1.

Further deductions are all straightforward.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you! Appreciate your help $\endgroup$
    – Anna
    Aug 19, 2021 at 18:12
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    – Ankit
    Aug 19, 2021 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ Done thanks @Ankit $\endgroup$
    – Anna
    Aug 19, 2021 at 19:06

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