4-5 Sudoku

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4-5 Sudoku

Postby Smythe Dakota » Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:33 am

How about this one: Each row, column, and box must contain four 4's and five 5's.

Can anybody create a good 4-5 puzzle?

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Postby Pyrrhon » Sat Jul 29, 2006 1:54 pm

It isn't easy to make an interesting example for this type: 3 line-box/box-line interactions or a single turbot fish near to the end is the only difficulty I can build in such a puzzle. Both are not really a challenge.

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Postby Smythe Dakota » Sun Jul 30, 2006 2:55 am

Some of us don't even know, or want to know, what a turbot fish is, or an X-wing or a flying turtle kite or any of those other things, either. Feel free to take it down a notch and create a slightly less challenging puzzle for the rest of us.

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Postby Pyrrhon » Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:11 am

Okay, here you have an example, but don't say, that it is to easy.

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Postby udosuk » Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:08 pm

When you work it down to the final 9 cells (yes, and 4 more 4s and 5 more 5s to fill in), you need a turbot fish to complete it (there is an another one which works the same)...

Solution

Clear the numbers (but keep the colours), now you have a grid for an odd/even sudoku!:)
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Postby Pyrrhon » Mon Jul 31, 2006 9:15 pm

In the same league as 4-5 sudoku also plays the 1-2-6 sudoku. Simple steps. In the hardest cases a turbot fish near to the end. (in the last variant with three different values I can spot (the 1-3-5 sudoku) I haven't found an example which uses more than naked and hidden singles.

Here an example of the 1-2-6 variant (you must have one 1, two 2's and six 6's in each row, column and box):

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Postby Smythe Dakota » Tue Aug 01, 2006 2:01 am

Pyrrhon wrote:Okay, here you have an example, but don't say, that it is to easy. ....

You're right, that one was childishly simple, wasn't it? -- even for us recreational solvers, who can usually solve Monday's, Tuesday's, and Wednesday's puzzles on the train into work, but who require a little more effort for Thursday's and Friday's.

I suppose 3-6, 2-7, and 1-8 would be just as mickey mouse, maybe even more so. (How about 0-9?:) )

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