## 17th September Fiendish - Help appreciated.

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### 17th September Fiendish - Help appreciated.

Please forgive my stupidity but I am new to Su Doku puzzles and am stuck on my first Fiendish one in The Times. It is 17th September no. 368.

This is what I have so far:
x21 x5x xx6
xx4 x6x 1x2
9xx 321 xx8
x9x x3x x7x
x5x 6x7 x2x
x1x x8x x6x
1xx 845 2x7
xx2 x73 6xx
xxx 2x6 xxx

So ya, I didn't get very far! I would appreciate guidance from those better than myself.

Kind regards,
jondent

Posts: 2
Joined: 20 September 2005

Try fitting a 6 in column 1... which should allow you to solve all the cells in the left-centre block...
zebedeezbd

Posts: 60
Joined: 14 September 2005

Thank you. Did that and got that middle box of left hand column. Also got the 2 in the middle box of the grid and the 8 in the right hand column, middle box. Then I'm stuck again. To clarify I have:

x21 x5x xx6
xx4 x6x 1x2
9xx 321 xx8
698 x32 x7x
453 6x7 82x
217 x8x x6x
1xx 845 2x7
xx2 x73 6xx
xxx 2x6 xxx

jondent

Posts: 2
Joined: 20 September 2005

Yes it does get a bit tough at this point unless I am also missing something obvious.

I spotted that the 4 in the top-centre block must be in the top row, meaning that the 4 in the top-right block must be in the 3rd row, which eliminated a few candidates.

Then (this is the hard-to-spot bit) look at where the 1s and 8s can be in the bottom-right block, you should be able to eliminate quite a few candidates so that you only end up with one 4 in column 8. Good luck!
zebedeezbd

Posts: 60
Joined: 14 September 2005