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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Sudoku Construction Question

I'm one of a group of people building a big puzzle hunt. I have what I think is a pretty good idea for a puzzle, but I'm having trouble constructing it. Basically, what I need to do is make a sudoku ...
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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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Double n-queen puzzle, with sudoku rules

Put 9 blue queens and 9 pink queens, with rules : If the blue queens removed, each pink queens do not attack each other. If the pink queens removed, each blue queens do not attack each other. Each 3×...
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Sudoku variation: Using various chess moves, solve the grid from just two numbers

I've been watching a youtube channel hosted by puzzlers and attempting the sudoku variation they post each day. Today's I found particularly interesting and while sharing it around it proved quite the ...
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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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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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Sandwich Sudoku: First 12 digits of pi

Sandwich Sudoku, or "Between 1 and 9 Sudoku", is a variant of Sudoku. A YouTube channel introduced this variation. Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Place numbers from 1 to 9 in every row, column, ...
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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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Why is this considered to be “The World's Hardest Sudoku”?

NOTE: This is in reference to an existing question which I feel is poor and off-topic. In the spirit of "shaping the site while in private beta", I wanted show how the question can be re-phrased and "...
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Write digits 1 to 9 in the table, each pointing to next 3x3 grid

Write 1 to 9 digits in an empty Sudoku table with these rules (similar to 9-Queen problem): There are 9 Boxes indexed from 1 to 9 in the image below. and each box has a 3x3 grid child. Every two ...
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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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Specialist sudoku

I know y'all want to be generalists or something, but here's a little sudoku for (geography) specialists. Enjoy. ABRAU ⋅ AGANTON ⋅ AKUSEKIJIMA ⋅ ALICE HOLT ⋅ ALTENBURG-NOBITZ ⋅ ANJEDIVA ⋅ APULIA ⋅ ...
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This new puzzle type needs a name {4}

I believe I have invented a new type of puzzle... What is its name? Begin by solving the 16x16 sudoku; each of the digits 1-16 must appear exactly once in each row, column and thick-bordered 4x4 ...
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Compoundoku wants BIG

Rules of Compoundoku: Solve both left and right Sudokus. In addition, the board below them is the Compound Board of both Sudokus. Each number on the Compound Board should tell either: (1) ...
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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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Not to waste a perfectly good puzzle

I formulated this puzzle as part of a project I'm working on. However, it turned out that it was, uh, a bit too difficult to include for the audience we're aiming it at - it took someone over 40 ...
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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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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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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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Setka - Complete grid using clues and sudoku-style logic; Theme - Halftime

This is a Setka puzzle; you can find more (along with a more detailed explanation of the rules) at our website, linked from our profile. How to play Setka, the short version: Answer each clue using ...
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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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Nested sudoku in entrance exam

My university set this question in 2013's entrance exam. Also the red boxes include from 1 to 9. What's the solution for this sudoku?
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An Incomplete Puzzle

I'm sorry to offload some of my work as the puzzle creator on to you solvers. (No, I'm not.) At least there's only one clue missing, right? EDIT: When the puzzle is ready to be solved, there will be ...
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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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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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Sudoku with chess queen rules

This is a unique sudoku. With Rules : Common sudoku rules apply. Numbers 1,2,3 have an additional rule, they are also chess queens. If all others numbers removed, the 1s do not attack each other ...
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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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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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A Family Reunion

Names have been changed to preserve anonymity A group of 25 people, A to Y, arrived at Z's door to celebrate the family reunion. They each had something to show off. Z: I know you're all excited ...
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Another Colombian Sudoku

Solve the Sudoku on the left, where the usual rules apply. The dots outside the board on the right indicate how many cells in the corresponding column or row of that board contain precisely the same ...
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What am I telling to you?

For my first question here, let's start cool with a little sketch. No, it's no hard brainstorming, no, it's not a revolution, yes, I had to start with something :)
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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 medium difficulty help

I keep getting stuck on the NY Times Sudoku medium difficulty puzzles. I go through one number at a time and narrow down large box where that number can only be in two spaces. When I finish the nines ...
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Sudoku Help: Hard

I am unable to finish this Sudoku. All numbers are verified by the app. I'm sure there must be a way to solve this without guessing. Even an online tool couldn't tell me a next number.
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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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Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the ...
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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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How much information can we get from a thermometer?

A fairly common Sudoku variant is so called "Thermometer" Sudoku. In this variant arrows with a rounded end (which look like a thermometer) are added to the grid, with the rule that the numbers on ...
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Maximize 'chains' in a Sudoku

Yet to be solved. Take 2 numbers such that $N, M \in \{1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9\}; N \ne M$. Start with a solved 9x9 Sudoku grid. Find any $N_1 = N$. Find an $M_1 = M$, in the same row as $N_1$. In the ...
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Puzzle of the day - three in one Sudoku?

A three in one sudoku. Have fun
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Tetromi-nuri-doku

Note: This puzzle was inspired by the one here, by Mike Q. Every square in the grid above, when the puzzle is complete, has a number between 1 and 9 in it and either is shaded or is not. Each 3x3 ...
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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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Q: Henry Goldman's Square of Digits

Jaap Scherphuis introduced The Arithmachinist by Henry Goldman in his post Goldman's Transformation Puzzle. In the book I found a curious figure on p.52. I wonder what it means. Could you let me know?...
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A spartan skeleton Sudoku

A skeleton crossword is a crossword where the black and white squares aren't given; you have to deduce them. Here's a generalisation of that idea to the Sudoku puzzle. Here's a 4 by 4 grid, with four ...
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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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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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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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Skeleton sudoku, the second

I've already set one skeleton Sudoku. Here's a rather harder one. (Nonetheless, it should be within the realms of what can be done by hand; I solved it manually myself to verify that there was only ...
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Revenge of the Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no relevant order. The solutions to the ...
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How to deal with conjugate-pair pseudocycles when solving Sudoku

In single-solution regular Sudoku puzzles, sometimes you may encounter a combination of possible cell solutions such as: {2,7} in A1 and A7 (same row) {2,7} in A7 and B8 (same box) {2,7} in B8 and E8 ...