Sandwich Sudoku, or "Between 1 and 9 Sudoku", is a variant of Sudoku. A YouTube channel introduced this variation.


  • Standard Sudoku rules. Place numbers from 1 to 9 in every row, column, and 3×3 box.
  • Additionally, outside the grid, there will be some numbers. The numbers indicate the sum of the numbers physically between 1 and 9 in the respective row or column. (that is, if the row is 953126847, the sum of the numbers between 1 and 9 is 8)


Sandwich Sudoku

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    $\begingroup$ I watched the video... you have to sum the numbers sandwiched between 1 and 9 in the column. $\endgroup$ – Jay Aug 30 '19 at 13:09

Below is my Sudoku solution:

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Solved by hand - method of solving:

In the first 5 column, the only solution can be 1-2-3-9 going downward.

In the 31 column, only a 4 goes outside the 1-9 group. The 9 can't be at the top, because the 1 won't go next to another 1. There is already a 9 in the second row. There is already a 1 in the top row, so it must be 1 in second row, 9 in bottom row.

In the 4 column, the only solution can be 1-4-9 going upward.

In the 9 column, the only solution can be 1-5-4-9 going downward.

In the 3 column, the only solution is 9-3-1 going downward.

In the other 5 column, the solution can't be 1-5-9 downward because there is already a 9 in the bottom row. It can't be 1-2-3-9 or 1-3-2-9 going upward because there is already a 9 in that row. So it must be 1-5-9 going upward.

In the bottom right block, the 9 can only go in the 8 column. In the 8 column, there is only one place for the 1 to go, for 1-2-6-9 or 1-3-5-9. The only combination that fits is 1-6-2-9.

I then continued with the normal Sudoku solving methods. Later on the 15 clue was used to find a unique pattern, and the 26 clue wasn't needed - but verified later.

  • $\begingroup$ I keep confusing handwritten 7's without cross-line for 1's, so this one really trips me up. $\endgroup$ – Egor Hans Feb 19 at 10:12
  • $\begingroup$ @EgorHans many people hand write their 1 with exaggeration so it looks like a 7, but most native English speakers do not. Sometimes a 1 is written like an uppercase Greek lambda Λ. In typography there is no need to disambiguate by 'crossing' a 7, as you can see in the grid where an original 7 is placed. $\endgroup$ – Weather Vane Feb 19 at 11:54
  • $\begingroup$ That's perfectly fair and it wasn't meant to be a critique, just a remark that it looks confusing to me personally. $\endgroup$ – Egor Hans Feb 19 at 13:04

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