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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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What is guessing? [closed]

The whole difficulty of solving puzzles like sudoku is doing it without guessing. Well, either without any guessing whatsoever or with little enough that a human can still make retractions and come to ...
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Empty sudoku puzzle

The rules are the same as for a normal sudoku puzzle. The only thing different is that instead of numbers for clues, you have greater than/less than (> <) signs between the cells. Have fun solving!...
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Happy 2017 Sudoku

This is a simple Sudoku. The only thing different from a regular sudoku are the symbols used: HAPY2017*. The snowflakes (a.k.a. asterisk) are like any other character. Wishing you a Happy New Year ...
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A Page of Puzzling

I found this puzzle page from a newspaper and found it absolutely confounding. The sudoku had question marks and other things all over it, the logic puzzle made no sense, the cryptic crossword was ...
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Christmas Sudoku

CHRISTMAS IS COMING!!! And to celebrate, here is a Christmas related sudoku: *A friend gave this to me and it took a long time for me to solve it. Thaks to @GentlePurpleRain for providing an updated ...
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There is a reason sudoku uses squares

There exists a 9x9 grid with the cells in one single row numbered 1-9 in order. The cells in the other 8 rows are initially empty. Note: The cells initially containing numbers can be in any one row;...
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Techniques to Solve this Sudoku Puzzle

I have a sudoku puzzle seen below that I am trying to solve. I know I can punch this into some sudoku solver and get the answer but I am looking for techniques I can use to solve this. Any advice?
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What is wrong with this Sudoku Game?

Before you, you have a game. There's something wrong with this game. Can you figure out what it is? ...
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Help me to decorate my Christmas tree

Help me to decorate my Christmas tree with garlands of 7 bulbs. I want to fill in all the blank bulbs with numbers 1 to 7, so that each garland contains 7 different numbers. To make the tree more ...
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A 16 Clue Sudoku Puzzle (but the kings can't be in check)

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... Above is a 9x9 "chess" board with some pieces already laid out, your goal is to fill the board completely, following standard Sudoku rules (i.e. every ...
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Sudoku as Poetry: A Tag-Fusion Masterpiece

This is an entry in the 19th fortnightly topic challenge: Unconventional Tag Fusion. I wrote some poetry for you, but it's hidden within this sudoku. Solve the puzzle and find the poem. For those ...
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Why is this Sudoku Skyscraper Failing?

I'm attempting to write a program that solves Sudoku puzzles using a variety of techniques. Up this point, I've only implemented naked singles and hidden singles (for rows and columns). I've been ...
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Can you solve the 7x7 (sudoku-ish) centered sums puzzle

I have come across this puzzle a few times in competitions and rally's, and it has troubled me because I cannot seem to find a good approach to solving it, either programmatically or numerically. And ...
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When Sudoku met Ratio

Continuing on from my previous sudoku... I found an old piece of paper with a sudoku solution on it and vaguely remember solving it. This is unlike a simple solution however. You get no starting ...
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An enigmatic sudoku

I entered the dungeon through a small, dark tunnel. After a seemingly endless walk I finally reached a small room. At the other side of the room, there was a big iron door. And in front of the door, ...
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Hexagon (Sudoku-like puzzle)

This is the hexagon with digits to each row and diagonal which follow the rule : If the row and diagonal contains 5 triangles, it must contains all of the digits from 1 to 5. If the row and diagonal ...
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How do I solve the world's hardest sudoku?

This question is posted under the guidelines Don't worry too hard about restricting or regulating anything that isn't turning into a problem yet. If you don't agree that this question is on topic, ...
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Historical figure sudoku

This sudoku hides a famous person from the past. A solution will be accepted if the sudoku is solved (with steps to solve). The letters used are: abceloprt (in alphabetical order). PS. ...
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Alphabetical Sudoku

Who loves fish? Okay that might sound a bit weird but don't worry, I am still sane. Maybe. To answer the question you must complete the Sudoku below. A word will appear in the highlighted box which ...
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Sudoku solving strategy

I started solving the puzzle below and I got stuck at this point. I don't know how to continue solving this puzzle except using try and error. Does anyone know of a strategy to solve it?
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What is the maximum number of empty 3x3 blocks a proper Sudoku can have?

It is possible to have a proper Sudoku with one empty block (consisting of 3x3 cells). The trivial (and very boring) example would be a puzzle where all other cells are given. It's impossible to have ...
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Non brute-force Sudoku

The mypuzzle.org site (Difficulty = Hard, Date = 2016-07-12) has the following Sudoku puzzle. I filled in a three easy cells (in square brackets) but then got stuck. Aside from brute force, is there a ...
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The Unfinished Puzzle Section

Simply complete the sudoku and crossword, happy puzzling. Across 1. Achieved acclaim by being knowledgable about strange apron (3, 6) Down 2. Explode asteroid five to refrain from inactivity or ...
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Amazing sudoku who can find hot numbers

Sudoku X Place the numbers 1-6 once in every row, column, diagonal, and 3x2 block. The diagonals form an X and are highlighted. Puzzle Text of puzzle ----------------- | . . . | 5 . . | | . . . | ...
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Single solved state for Sudoku Pyraminx

(Not sure if this is the correct stackexchange, but I think it is.) I recently bought 10 QJ Pyraminxes with an ambitious idea for a mod in my head. After just the first step of modding I realized it ...
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Check sudoku solvability

With a blank grid, I put and number (1-9) any cell, the Sudoku has n solutions. I continue filling any blank cells with numbers that satisfy the constraints, so the Sudoku still has many solutions, ...
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Largest cages Killer Sudoku

Task 1: Find the maximum value of $n$ for which it is possible to create a regular uniquely-solvable Killer Sudoku (9x9) such that every cage has atleast $n$ cells in it. Rules for killer sudoku ...
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Can you solve my Chess Sudoku puzzles?

Rules Normal Sudoku rules apply except that instead of 9s you must place chess pieces. A puzzle can mix chess pieces, and in principle any piece may be used - although the rest of the constraints ...
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Mastering Sudoku? [duplicate]

I have been solving sudoku for years but this one is the hardest of all that I have ever completed. It took me 2 weeks to complete it. Here it is TRY AND SOLVE:
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Creating a solved 9x9 Sudoku based on certain rules

The question: A rectangular fence is a set of 4 cells on a solved sudoku grid with co-ordinates $(i,j)$, $(m,j)$, $(m,n)$ and $(i,n)$. You can visualize this as the 4 corners of a rectangle. ...
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Empty Rectangles - Does the rule apply when the intersection takes place inside the box with the empty rectangle?

The Empty Rectangles method is a strategy for solving Sudoku puzzles. I have seen the description of this strategy here, I have the following question: Is there a problem if the other end of the ...
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What is the fewest number of clues on a rotationally symmetrical sudoku grid with a unique solution?

It is known that the minimum number of clues a sudoku must have to have a unique solution is 17. But on every website I've seen for them, I haven't found any that are rotationally symmetrical. I once ...
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How to check a partial sudoku solution

John has started a sudoku puzzle and shows me his completed work, asking whether he's made any errors. There are no obvious errors (a number repeated in a row or subgrid). I know of two ways to ...
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Reasoning behind next step in sudoku

As you can see in the image, I've been struggling with this sudoku for quite some time and I'm completely stuck. I'm sure I'm missing one standard trick which would make it easy to solve, but I can't ...
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RELATIONS: Introducing the Sudokross

Behold my sudokross!                           Similar to sudoku, the objective is to fill every row and every column with the ...
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Sudoku Puzzle, What's My Next Move and Why?

I currently have a sudoku puzzle that looks like this: ...
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Removing numbers from a full sudoku puzzle to create one with a unique solution

What is a simple and efficient way of removing numbers from a full sudoku puzzle to create one with a single unique solution? I have already figured out how to generate sudoku grids, like this one: <...
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Devising a sudoku where the rows are the moves for a draw in tic tac toe

The task is to construct a sudoku whose rows (or columns) are the moves for a game in tic tac toe where the game ends in a draw. Here are some clarifications and constraints which should limit ...
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Sudoko-net pseudo-solvable with minimum blocks

A sudoku net is defined here. A sudoku net is defined as 'pseudo-solvable' if we can deduce at least two valid 'not unique' solutions . friendly sudoko is defined here What is the sudoku ...
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How does one make a program to provide all the 'possible' numbers in an empty cell

To be able to solve a sudoku one usually has to first work out all the 'possible' numbers in an empty cell. How can one make a program to do this? In this case 'possible numbers' are ones which have ...
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Self-referential Sudoku

I built this a while back but never had a good forum for it; this seems like the perfect spot to turn it loose. This is a 'traditional' Sudoku; cells are filled with numbers from 1 through 9, and all ...
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Hardest sum sudoku ever! (as well as how to solve them)

This sum sudoku is probably the hardest puzzle I've ever encountered, and I have made very little progress (a few cells or so). I found it in a book by Reader's Digest. The solution is given, but ...
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How to generate and count the 7x7 Latin squares

How many 7 by 7 Latin squares are there, and how can one generate examples of them? I am working on classes for a game, and typing in numbers manually from 1-7 in rows and columns from scratch is ...
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Magic Squares in Sudoku Grids

A 3x3 magic square is a 3x3 grid containing the numbers 1-9 once each, and in which every row, column, and diagonal sums to 15: 294 753 618 And I presume we all ...
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Pseudoku: A Game of Finding Order in Chaos

You are Pat Doe, a lowly Sudoku puzzle-maker eking out a living by producing hand-made Sudoku puzzles. After an exhausting eight hours, you've just completed your last Sudoku grid for the day. ...
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Non-Diagonal Pointing Problem

You can see the rules for pointing problem at this article. It has been clarified that there is no solution to this question. But, what if we remove the diagonal rule? is there any solution?
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SuDoKu Unique Rectangles and the “2 blocks” rule

On HuDoKu's page on Uniqueness, under Unique Rectangle, it says A common mistake when looking for URs is to violate the "2 blocks" rule (see the Sudopedia article for an example). Unfortunately, ...
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How do I necessitate the use of the X-Wing pattern during Sudoku creation?

I want to create a Sudoku puzzle, and I want it to be of moderate difficulty. There's a specific pattern I want to include, called the X-Wing pattern: This occurs when two numbers form locked ...
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Why must a sudoku have a unique solution [closed]

Why must a sudoku have a unique solution. In my books I don't guarantee it. But I am sure there are not many which don't. I doubt if one in a thousand dont have. And even if they don't its only a ...