Questions tagged [sudoku]

A Sudoku is a puzzle consisting of a grid to be filled with symbols, such that each constraining unit contains each symbol exactly once. The typical example is a 9x9 square to be filled with the numbers 1 to 9, where the constraining units are rows, columns, and 3x3 blocks.

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Does every validly posed Sudoku have at least one solution and if not what is the minimum number of givens for it to be unsolvable? [duplicate]

Does every validly posed Sudoku (doesn't break any Sudoku rules so only no duplicate 1 to 9 in rows, columns or square) have at least one solution, and if not, what is the minimum number of givens for ...
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Sudoku on a Mobius Strip

Well we've done sudoku on keyboards, so the next step is obviously putting a Sudoku on a Mobius strip... of course... I present, the world's very first MOBIUS SUDOKU: Now this sudoku is going to be a ...
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How many Hoshi (Star Sudoku) are possible?

A gifted Sudoku booklet's Hoshi are (almost? - I did only spot checks) all identical, except for number permutation and leads. An excuse for this would be if there were only one legit Hoshi. How many ...
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Sudoku.... On your keyboard?

Tired of solving Sudokus on paper? Look no further! The solution is, literally, under your nose. Why use a 9x9 grid, when you can use your own QWERTY keyboard! RULES: Fill each row with the numbers ...
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Must any "hourglass" touching the hexagon, in a Sudoku Hoshi, contain the same number twice?

I think I found a law for Sudoku Hoshi (also called Star Sudoku) puzzles but since I did the proof more or less in my head, please check. In case you don't know the rules, I quote: Fill the grid so ...
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Japanese Streams Sudoku

TL;DR - it's a puzzle: In a previous puzzle, we presented a puzzle inspired by the recent Japanese Sums puzzle series at Grandmaster Puzzles which combined the Japanese sums cluing technique with a ...
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Japanese Odd Sum Sudoku

The Grandmaster Puzzles blog had a recent set of "Japanese sums" puzzles, and the mechanics of those puzzles gave me the idea for a Sudoku. It's not too hard, so I hope you enjoy! The Sudoku ...
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Can you make a puzzle that looks correct until the very last piece?

Lately I've been enjoying a little game called Flow Fit: Sudoku. It's basically sudoku meets jigsaw. You need to place the pieces into predetermined slots, and numbers cannot repeat in the same rows/...
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Next move in The Times Sudoku #12583

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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Why can R1c3 not be a 4?

Take the following Killer Sudoku (from the app "Killer Sudoku" by Studio Goya LLC) I have been struggling with for the last few hours. "Penciled" numbers are my notes about which ...
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Is there a minimum number of clues that every sudoku puzzle has?

I've seen that the fewest clues on a Sudoku board has been proven to be 17 but I'm wondering if it's possible for every board to have some combination of 17 clues or, if not, if there is a proven ...
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Sub Battle Sudoku

Please find below a variant Sudoku which incorporates elements of Star Battle. The Sudoku is a standard irregular Sudoku, and the clues outside the grid are sandwich clues: the sum of digits strictly ...
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XV Sawtooth Sudoku

Please find below a variant Sudoku puzzle, based on a combinatorics problem I was having a look at. The timing is right, as I recently saw @BeastlyGerbil back in chat, and I know that user is a big ...
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"Puzzle Waffle"

A black man, tilting his head in satisfaction and checking it was about lunchtime, entered the Sphinx Café in downtown Washington D.C. on a Friday out of boredom with his usual lunch haunt and greeted ...
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A Sudoku With A Trick

Normal Sudoku rules apply in this puzzle. This is an incredibly difficult puzzle to solve and has a very clever and ingenious trick in it. I request solvers to show their work at different stages of ...
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A brain[expletive] sudoku

This is a Sudoku that is also a Brainfuck program. The standard rules of Sudoku apply. The same symbol can not appear twice in the same row, column, or 3x3 box. The grid should also form a functioning ...
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How to solve the attached sudoku?

Please explain the logic. I am not trying to solve it using trial and error or using any software. I am just looking for the next step. This sudoku is from apple 'Sudoku King' app.
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How could I solve the attached Sudoku?

Please explain the logic. I am not trying to solve it using trial and error or using any software. I am just looking for the next step. This sudoku is from apple 'Sudoku King' app.
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9x9 Sudoku Slitherlink Hybrid

I previously created a combined slitherlink and sukoku puzzle, but I was unsatisfied because the grid was smaller then a regular sudoku. So I made another, larger one. Below is a 9 by 9 grid. This is ...
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Sudoku: Episode 64 - Attack of the Clones

An 8x8 Sudoku where you technically only have to figure out 32 cells! Twice Half the cells, double the clues! Penpa Link Rules Normal Sudoku rules apply. Values are 1-8. Boxes are the 4x2 regions ...
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Sudoku + Slitherlink

I like combinations of puzzles, so I decided to combine a Sudoku and a Slitherlink. Below is a 6 by 6 grid. This is filled in with numbers based on the usual rules of sudoku. All of the numbers from 1 ...
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A Somewhat Foolish Poem

Your task is to solve the Sudoku and complete the missing words in the following poem. Classic Sudoku: Each row column and box contains the digits 1-9. XV-rules: Digits separated by V must add to 5. ...
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Calculation Sudoku

Here is a new quiz from my daily quiz calendar. I'm trying to find a way to solve it. The numbers 1-6 should be filled in. And like a sudoku, each row and each column should contain each number ...
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Next Move on this Sudoku Classic

What would be the next move? Link to this sudoku
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Why is the next Sudoku step a 6?

I used a step-by-step Sudoku solver for a puzzle in which I was stuck. However I don't understand how the next number (6) was found. Sudoku puzzle where I was stuck: Sudoku puzzle solved by one step ...
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Double sudoku - two-digit numbers, the 1s and 10s places both form Sudokus [closed]

Using distinct 2-digit numbers from 11-99 that have no zeros, fill in the grid so that the tens digits form a Sudoku and the units digits form a (different) Sudoku. There might be a mathematical way ...
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Escape from Sudoku!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms I hesitated to enter this in the Escape Room FTC, but I definitely was inspired by the challenge to create this puzzle, and it is, in some ...
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Chessdoku Level 1 (beginner)

I just tested out a new type of puzzle here (sorry if there's any confusion with the titling) called Chessdoku! Welcome to level 1. Here's the grid: Your goal is to get one black and one white piece ...
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Chessdoku Level 0 (trial)

Welcome to Chessdoku! It's like Sudoku but chess! This is level 0, so it's a trial run and will be fairly simple to solve (level 1 has been posted here). This puzzle is just for the concept. Here you ...
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Trivia... sudoku

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Please do not search the answers online (hence the no-computers tag), otherwise it would be too simple to solve this puzzle. I tried ...
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Checking for cheating in a Sudoku puzzle?

This may be a question for a Maths forum, but was wondering if anyone has ever seen something that may guide me to a solution. I am writing a Puzzling Site at the moment, which will naturally include ...
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Wanted: Sudoku data in CSV

I am a computer science student looking for unsolved sudoku games that are valid and available in a comma separated text file. Does such a prepared data set exist and where can I find such a data set? ...
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Pento-Doku: Pentominous + Sudoku

Intended for Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: Wacky Sudokus, but I was too slow making it... not for lack of trying, I assure you This puzzle is both* a Pentominous and a Sudoku**. Rules Solve the ...
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A Final Digitial Sudoku! - SS#14

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the final puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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This Sudoku Park iS LIT!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" The grid below is a normal Sudoku grid with normal Sudoku clues, but the completed grid also houses a Statue Park! The completed ...
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Sudoku: Odd Bonds

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: Wacky Sudokus. Edit: Clarified three of the rules. Rules: Normal sudoku rules apply. Inside the sudoku, there exists one "loop". The loop ...
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A Fractal Sudoku - SS#13

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the penultimate puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the ...
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Sudoku with no grid and no numbers!!? - SS#12

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the twelfth puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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Sudoku in Technicolor!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" This puzzle consists of three overlapping Sudokus, coloured red, blue and green, so each cell will contain three digits, one of ...
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10X10 Sudoku with a specific requirement

Let's have a 10x10 grid. We want to create a Sudoku in which, in each row, the pairs (a+b), (c+d), (e+f), (g+h), (i+j) add to one of the following numbers: 7, 9, 11, 13, or 15. Can you construct a ...
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This Sudoku takes a step up! - SS#11

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the eleventh puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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Didn't you ask me for a crossword?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #forty-seven: "Wacky Sudokus" Here's that crossword you asked for... Sorry, what's that - you didn't ask me for a crossword?? TASK: Solve the puzzle ...
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Skyscrapers in Sudoku!!! - SS#10

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the tenth puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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A Puzzling Sudoku (Warning: Hot!)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" A Sudoku with an oddly familiar shape. Here's a Penpa Link. Rules: Normal Sudoku rules apply (Special) Thermometers: The ...
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A 7x7 Suguru - SS#9

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the ninth puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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The Blank Sudoku

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" (h/t to Beastly Gerbil, whose 1,2,3... Trinary!!! puzzle provided inspiration for this puzzle) This puzzle is a normal Sudoku, ...
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A Difficult Wacky Sudoku - SS#8

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the eighth puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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A Scrumptious Sudoku Sandwich - SS#7

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the seventh puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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Sudoku... with 10 digits? SS#6

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: "Wacky Sudokus" Other puzzles in this series Welcome to the sixth puzzle in this series! For more information about the series, see the first ...
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Compoundoku wants REALLY BIG and WACKY!

This is an entry for Fortnightly Topic Challenge #47: Wacky Sudokus. Rules of Compoundoku: Solve both left and right Sudokus. In addition, the board below them is the Compound Board of both Sudokus. ...

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