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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 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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How to solve this Sudoku?

Here is the sudoku - I could think the following only. The top number box 3 coloumn wise should have some number - 6,7,3 (in some order). The box 3 column 2 -- 2,5,8 ( in some order), and box 3 ...
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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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What should be used to solve the next step of this sudoku puzzle

How to solve the next step in this sudoku ? I tried X-wing, hidden pairs and many other popular techniques found here http://hodoku.sourceforge.net/en/tech_hidden.php
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Was “Crook's algorithm” for Sudoku really only developed in the 21st century?

The following algorithm for simplifying (and very often completely solving) Sudoku puzzles: Label each cell with the set of all possible values it could take. Pick a row/column/block and for a value ...
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Do there exist Graeco-Latin Square style puzzles?

Sudoku, KenKen, and Skyscrapers are three examples of Latin square puzzles. In all three, players are challenged to complete a Latin Square, a NxN grid (typically 9x9) in which the numbers 1-N appear ...
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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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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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Finding a number in this sudoku

I have been trying this sudoku for nearly 5 hours now but im unable to find any number further...If anyone could help me out i would be really grateful.. Note: The numbers in black are the prefilled ...
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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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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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Sudokus and combinatorics

Considering your suggestions, I have redrawn the 12 X 12 Sudoku so that the twelve rectangles are now visible. The question remains the same: Can someone construct a 12 X 12 Sudoku with the following ...
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Good resource for daily Sudoku Puzzles

I love solving puzzles, It keeps my brain active. Previously I used to solve newspaper Sudoku which were fairly easy. Then I solved some interesting puzzles in the ...
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Sudoku: need a traceable hint for the next number

Partially solved sudoku: ...
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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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Trying to build a sudoku related puzzle box, struggling to ensure that there's only one solution

I want to build a specific puzzle box. The physical side I have down, but I'm struggling with ensuring that there's only one valid solution. The box consists of 9 freely rotating bands, inscribed ...
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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 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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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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Another Determinant Sudoku

sudoku-determinant have been described well here : The Determinant Sudoku I have created another one. Number in the center is the value of the determinant Numbers 0 to 10 are the values of the ...
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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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What patterns could be applied in order to solve a Sudoku?

Related to this Q&A. I am looking for a pattern that could be applied in order to solve this Sudoku. The current patterns that I apply: Ensure that every digit appears once in every block Ensure ...
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Excluding number in a sudoku scheme

I have the following scheme: Please look at the lower left subgrid. The 8 may go in R7C1 or R9C1. If I put the 8 in R7C1 I'd have a 4 in R9C7 and a 5 in R8C7 If I put the 8 in R9C1 I'd have the ...
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What is the best way to solve this 6x6 sudoku? [closed]

I eventually used a trial and error method to solve it: Assume B1 = 2 C2 and F1 = 4 C3 = 2 F3 = 6 There are no candidates left for A3 This let me set B1 = 4 and hence solve the puzzle. But is there ...
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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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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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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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What am I missing in this Sudoku?

I think I am missing something in the instance below, since I could solve it only with a long-winded chain of deductions starting with the assumption that (coordinates are (row,column)): and ...
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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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Can you help me with a logic to solve this puzzle?

I know the concept of pairing and removed pairs but what other concepts should I use to solve this?
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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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Minimum amount of clues for a 16x16 sudoku

I know that 17 is the minimum for a standard 9x9 (3x3 squares), but what about a 16x16 (4x4 squares) sudoku?
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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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How to solve this puzzle?

I have solved the sudoku. Scratching my head on the second part. Any hints? It is not picked from any competition. One of my office colleagues usually post these types of puzzles on emails for fun ...
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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 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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Sudoku board hint (part 2)

Don't worry, this is the last hint I'll ask for. I've looked for any position that could exclude others, and what's left is perfectly symmetrical. I've even tried mentally choosing some options to ...
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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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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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What can be the next move without guessing in this almost solved Sudoku puzzle?

I am currently stuck at this puzzle where I can't think of the next move without guessing it. I was surprised to be in this situation after solving ~70-80% of the puzzle. I thought for all possible ...
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Sudoku board position hint

As the title says, I'd like a hint (and an explanation why it is so) for the puzzle position in the attached image. I think I'm missing something really obvious but I can't figure it out. Again ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I proceed with this Sudoku puzzle?

Pairing elimination is done. What's next?
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What technique should be used to continue with this sudoku

I searched for x wing and the bone. Im thinking colors but not sure.
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is there any sudoku puzzle combined with magic square?

As everyone know in Sudoku sum of each row and column is 45. so all Sudoku solutions are some kind of magic square. but my question is: Have anyone seen a Sudoku puzzle combined with the magic ...