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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Minimum number of clues for a sudoku puzzle

In a sudoku puzzle, what is the absolute minimum number of clues that must be given to specify a layout with a unique solution? Is one in each row, column, and box (9 total) necessary or sufficient?
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Most objective online linkable sudoku grader?

A Sudoku's difficulty level is often the first thing readers notice about a puzzle. For questions and answers showing a puzzle it would be nice to have a relatively objective linkable tester. I've ...
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Maximum number of disjoint clue-sets that determine the same Sudoku solution?

"Do sudoku answers always have a single minimal clue set?" No. Solved Sudoku puzzles may have more than one set of disjoint clue-sets. And those clue-sets can vary in difficulty, so one might be ...
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Is there a Sudoku answer that has only a single minimal clue set?

User Abigail comments on the titling of "Do sudoku answers always have a single minimal clue set?" : I'd be surprised if there were a Sudoku which doesn't have at least 2 disjoint clue-sets. Well ...
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Do sudoku answers always have a single minimal clue set?

Suppose we have a solved sudoku, which was started from a minimal set of clues to its unique solution, i.e. 17+ numbers in specific locations, which we'll call set1. Is there a set2, (or set3, etc.), ...
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Is this 3d Sudoku possible?

I was looking at images of 3d Sudoku's on Bing, because I was looking for a $9\times9\times9$ Sudoku, where each horizontal, vertical left-right and vertical top-bottom plane was also a Sudoku. ...
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Magical Knight Moves with Effortless Ease in his Magical Kingdom

Magical Knight knows every Square of his Magical Kingdom. In many respects, he is like any other knight...Literary,Prime, Normal(makes same allowed chess moves). He is people Knight . As he traverses ...
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There's a wealth of information here. Make the most of it!

The puzzle below contains a wealth of information. However, if you were to make a list, you will soon realize that there's something missing. You're task is to fill in all the blanks. Have fun, and ...
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Standard Sudoku Specialized with just 2 Primes

A standard 9x9 Sudoku uses the digits 1 to 9. You are only allowed two distinct primes to represent 1 to 9. Find out the minimum number of characters (digits + signs) needed to construct a Sudoku ...
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Numberless Sudoku with Just a Letter and Symbol Combination

A Standard 9x9 Sudoku uses the digits 1 to 9. You are only allowed to use a single letter(say T) and a symbol of your choice to represent the digits 1 to 9. Rules should be well defined and the ...
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Introducing Domidoku!

Come one, come all! Come see the new type of logic puzzle, the Domidoku! Here's a sample for all to try! The process is simple! First you solve the Sudoku and then you solve the Dominosa! ...
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How can I solve this Sudoku without guessing?

I am fairly new to Sudoku and have hit a brick wall with this one. My colleague said it can only be solved with a guess and seeing how far you go. However, I agree with many on this site and you ...
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Stuck on this Sudoku puzzle. Please Explain the logic

I have completed this puzzle with the help of hints from the app. But I am not able to figure out the logic. I normally proceed by placing sure (unambiguous) digits first. Then repeat. But here I am ...
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Minimum number of clues for Sudoku to have an unique solution? [duplicate]

I already know that 17 clues are a minimum for a Sudoku to have a solution, but I don't consider a Sudoku to be a real Sudoku while having more than one solution.
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Help with Sudoku

i recently was playing sudoku on my iPad. As i was stuck on the puzzle i tipped on "Tip" to receive a hint on how i can solve this sudoku (I am still learning the game) - so please don't judge me for ...
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Examples of sudokus with two solutions [duplicate]

I need some examples of sudokus having more than one solution. Do these puzzles have any common things?
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What other strategies can I use with this sudoku puzzle?

I have a sudoku puzzle that I have been doing for 270 hours. I never guess numbers and always thought that every move in sudoku had to have a logical explanation. Until the app generated this random ...
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Reversed Sudoku

Sudoku from Sudoku Solutions. Here's a Sudoku grid with all the obvious candidates removed. Your task is to re-supply the givens.
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Integers in Cells puzzle (sudoko-like)

All the whole numbers 1−9 are placed in the 9 triangular cells. A negative sign is placed in front of some numbers. The letters A−F are products of 3 or 5 of the numbers. Find all possible ...
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Sum in a sudoku with sum total of 15 and 45

I have created a sudoku puzzle with the following restrictions: Each row and column sum to $45$. Each row and column in the nine $3$ by $3$ sub-grids sum to $15$. Is such a sudoku unique?...
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The hardest one I believe [duplicate]

If you are really smart solve this Sudoku within a day BEST OF LUCK
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Sudoku puzzle #1

Please solve the following sudoku puzzle (from Wikipedia):
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Some Stratospherically Strenuous Sudoku

These three sudoku are particularly irksome, can you logically deduce the solutions to all (or any!) ...and provide your reasoning? They are all proper sudoku - each has a unique solution. They can, ...
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Are there published Sudoku puzzles that require guessing?

I believe in a number of books I have read and solved myself, the introduction stated that guessing should never be necessary for any of the puzzles in the book. Instead, a handful of techniques ...
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How do I solve this sudoku without guessing?

I have filled all the possible singles. Also identified and shortlisted candidates, pointing pairs. How do I move ahead without guessing? PS: I applied "Nishio", choosing one of the two possible ...
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This is a crossudoku 2

As a follow-up to the first This is a crossudoku puzzle, I decided to make a new one. Here are the clues: Horizontal: D2-F2 The sum of three consecutive prime numbers B3-E3, F9-I9 A novel by ...
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Sudoku and guessing : theory?

It has been proven that the minimum number of givens for a uniquely solvable classic 9x9 sudoku is 17. The usual solving method followed by people is : Fill all the cells where you are sure there is ...
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Triple Homicide Sudoku

You are a special consultant who is brought in only for the toughest of cases. A serial killer has been on the loose and has struck the first day of the month for three months in a row now. Interpol ...
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Do I need to guess from here on this sudoku?

I keep staring at this sudoku puzzle and can't seem to find the next move. Is the next move a guessing move? I thought sudoku always has clear solutions, you just need to figure them out.
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What is a good notation for trial-and-error when solving Sudoku on paper?

When solving Sudoku on paper, I sometimes get to the point where I need to resort to guessing or bifurcation. At that point, I might guess one number, and continue solving, changing that guess if I ...
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R.H.P.C. crossword puzzle

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 I got a ticket to the Red Herring Puzzle Club in the middle of the street. There was just a guy giving them out, like some advertisement ...
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The Do-It-Yourself Puzzle

Can you solve this puzzle? You may (or may not) have noticed that this puzzle doesn't seem to have any pieces. How can it be solved without pieces? The short answer it can't. That's why for this ...
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How can I spot an X-Wing?

I was doing a Sudoku puzzle (in my morning newspaper on the train to work) and got stuck at this point: ...
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Sudoku false positive (wrong move)

I'm new to Sudoku puzzles. I tried solving the one above but my last move was flagged as a wrong move(highlighted red). I believe it is a false positive since the $6$(highlighted red) I inserted is ...
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A Quick Sudoklu

Across ...
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What do you get when you mix a crossword and a sudoku?

For this CrosSudoku puzzle you must completely solve the sudoku grid below. To start the sudoku you must first figure out the crossword clues to get the starting numbers. Clue notation: x and y are ...
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Generate a sudoku puzzle with minimum number of entries that has exactly $k$ solutions

Is there an algorithm to generate a sudoku puzzle having the minimum number of entries that has exactly $k>1$ solutions? What is this minimum number of entries, as a function of $k$? Given that ...
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Slightly Odd Sudoku

Someone I find very trustworthy continues to insist that this is a valid Sudoku board. It's been a while since I've played, but surely there's a couple of things off here, right? Alright, so that ...
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Why is the following 7 in Sudoku a mistake - Newbie

I'm a newbie at sudoku. Why is the following 7 in Sudoku a mistake?
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Is a 'legit' Sudoku puzzle supposed to be symmetrical?

Or phrased differently, are non-symmetrical Sudoku puzzles considered legal?
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Unusual Sudoku Puzzle

Find the solution to this Sudoku puzzle. The only problem is there aren't any normal Sudoku clues. Instead there are only some cryptic clues. What is the solution and how does the puzzle work? Edit: ...
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How many minimal-clue sudoku puzzles are there?

It is known that there are a minimum of 17 clues needed to create a proper sudoku puzzle. For how many puzzles is 17 sufficient? From the history of the minimal proof, I gather that there are ...
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Maximum Sudoku Puzzle

As most of you know, there is no Sudoku problem that has less than 17 number of starting clues with one unique solution. Imagine there is a sudoku problem that has $n$ number of starting clues with ...
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Stuck on this Sudoku!

I have tried every trick I can think of... where am I going wrong?
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Is solving a puzzle using uniqueness invalid? [duplicate]

(I don't know if this is appropriate to ask here, since it's a bit of a soft question about puzzles, rather than a puzzle itself. I'm not certain about the tags either.) When I was first introduced ...
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How do I proceed with this Sudoku puzzle?

Pairing elimination is done. What's next?
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Help solve sudoku

I did solve this sudoku in 24 minutes, but I had to guess from this part out. I'm using a website to display this sudoku a lot neater than the original site. I can solve plenty of sudokus, but the ...
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The Vowel Sudoku Challenge

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 Here is a partially filled in Sudoku-like board involving the five vowels: As with real Sudoku, no vowels in any 9-square box or along any 9-...
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What should be my next valid move?

That's the stage I'm now. I am looking at G block (one in left down corner) 4,5 value. I couldn't decide if it should be 4 or 5. How do I decide? And, am I looking at the right place? Any alternate ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 2)

⬅️ Angry Birds 1 After saving the eggs, the birds are more cautious. Good News! You can finally relax and enjoy the birds’ hospitality. Unfortunately for you, you’re not the only visitor in town. ...