## Baffled by VERY HARD puzzle

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### Baffled by VERY HARD puzzle

I am new to Sudoku puzzles and am baffled by a very hard puzzle generated by the Sudoku program. The literature states that all generated puzzles are solvabe using logic only. Trial & error not necessary.

This is what I've got so far. I turned on the Flag Wrong Answers, so am certain there are no mistakes.

* 5 4 * 9 8 * * *
2 * * 4 5 7 * 9 *
* * 9 * 6 1 4 * 5
* 8 * 1 4 3 * * 9
* * * 9 7 6 * * *
9 * * 5 8 2 * 1 *
6 2 3 7 1 5 9 * *
* 9 * 8 3 4 * * 6
* * * 6 2 9 1 5 3

I pencil marked all empty cells, but cannot find any thing that helps to eliminate all but 0one pencil mark.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank You.
Michael
Michael

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### Re: Baffled by VERY HARD puzzle

Michael wrote:I am new to Sudoku puzzles and am baffled by a very hard puzzle generated by the Sudoku program. The literature states that all generated puzzles are solvabe using logic only. Trial & error not necessary.

Not the reply I'm sure you were hoping for, but thought you may like to know that you're not alone in your bafflement..!
shakers

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X-wing ahoy! Digit 3, rows 2 & 6
Guest

IJ wrote:X-wing ahoy! Digit 3, rows 2 & 6

About to show my ignorance... but I thought X-Wings worked with pairs of digits?

Why is the X with R2 and R6, rather than R2 and R5 if only one digit is needed?
shakers

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Joined: 10 March 2005

To IJ:
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
Hopefully I can finish the puzzle.
Thanks again.
Michael

To Shakers:
I believe x-wing refers to the same digit that can only be in the same row/column in 2 different rows/columns. IJ's clue eliminates the digit 3 in columns 2 and 7, making r3c2 a 7.
Michael

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Michael wrote:I believe x-wing refers to the same digit that can only be in the same row/column in 2 different rows/columns. IJ's clue eliminates the digit 3 in columns 2 and 7, making r3c2 a 7.

OK... but I still cannot see why it had to be R2 and R6, rather than R2 and R5.
shakers

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R2 and R6 can have a 3 in columns 2 and 7 only.

R5 can have a 3 in columns 1, 2, 7 and 8.

By using R2 and R6 you can determine that the 3 for column 2 is either in R2 or R6 and cannot be in any other row.

BTW I use the Sudoku program. I found it is much easier to use pencilmarks than paper and pencil.

Good Luck.
Michael

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Michael wrote:R2 and R6 can have a 3 in columns 2 and 7 only.

R5 can have a 3 in columns 1, 2, 7 and 8.

By using R2 and R6 you can determine that the 3 for column 2 is either in R2 or R6 and cannot be in any other row.

BTW I use the Sudoku program. I found it is much easier to use pencilmarks than paper and pencil.

Thanks - suddenly that makes more sense... I think I got confused in the original discussions of X-Wings a couple of weeks back.
shakers

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Joined: 10 March 2005

try this
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jayal

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Jayal,

Thanks. Once I understood the x-wing concept, things started falling into place.
Guest

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### Baffled by VERY HARD puzzle

I hope this helps.. i don't know if you solved it yet.

* 5 4 * 9 8 * * *
2 * * 4 5 7 * 9 *
* * 9 * 6 1 4 * 5
* 8 * 1 4 3 * * 9
* * * 9 7 6 * * *
9 * * 5 8 2 * 1 *
6 2 3 7 1 5 9 * *
* 9 * 8 3 4 * * 6
* * * 6 2 9 1 5 3

1 5 4 3 8 9 6 2 7
2 6 8 4 5 7 3 9 1
3 7 9 2 6 1 4 8 5
7 8 2 1 4 3 5 8 9
4 1 5 9 7 6 8 3 2
9 3 6 5 8 2 7 1 4
6 2 3 7 1 5 9 4 8
5 9 1 8 3 4 2 7 6
8 4 7 6 2 9 1 5 3

Tasha
tlicious12

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### Re: Baffled by VERY HARD puzzle

Michael wrote:I am new to Sudoku puzzles and am baffled by a very hard puzzle generated by the Sudoku program. The literature states that all generated puzzles are solvabe using logic only. Trial & error not necessary.

This is what I've got so far. I turned on the Flag Wrong Answers, so am certain there are no mistakes.

* 5 4 * 9 8 * * *
2 * * 4 5 7 * 9 *
* * 9 * 6 1 4 * 5
* 8 * 1 4 3 * * 9
* * * 9 7 6 * * *
9 * * 5 8 2 * 1 *
6 2 3 7 1 5 9 * *
* 9 * 8 3 4 * * 6
* * * 6 2 9 1 5 3

I pencil marked all empty cells, but cannot find any thing that helps to eliminate all but 0one pencil mark.

Any help is appreciated.

Thank You.
Michael

This should explain the next steps - the X-Wing is the key needed to free off this puzzle for a solution ...... once past iteration 4 it is all downhill to the solution [not included]

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` - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Iteration Number  1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Testing for Unique Placements Test all Digits for unique to Row/Col/SqTesting only Row/col in SquareDigit 6 occurs only in Row 2 - Square 1Digit  6 not allowed Cell( 2, 7)Digit 7 occurs only in Row 8 - Square 9Digit  7 not allowed Cell( 8, 1)Digit  7 not allowed Cell( 8, 3) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Iteration Number  2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Testing for Unique Placements Test all Digits for unique to Row/Col/SqTesting only Row/col in SquareTesting for Pairs/Triplets [Rows]Testing for Pairs/Triplets [Columns]Testing for x,y Pairs of Digits [Rows]Testing for x,y Pairs of Digits [Columns]Testing N-Cell Candidates [Rows]Testing N-Cell Candidates [Cols]Testing N-Cell Candidates [SQs]Testing for X_Wings [Rows]X_Wing Rule - Digit   3 at Rows  2 & 6 are a Pairs into Columns =  27Digit  3 not allowed Cell( 1, 7)Digit  3 not allowed Cell( 3, 2)Digit  3 not allowed Cell( 5, 2)Digit  3 not allowed Cell( 5, 7)Testing for X_Wings [Columns] - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Iteration Number  3 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Testing for Unique Placements  46 - Digit  7 only candidate for Cell( 3, 2) 47 - Digit  4 only candidate for Cell( 9, 2) 48 - Digit  1 only candidate for Cell( 5, 2)Test all Digits for unique to Row/Col/Sq 49 - Cell( 5, 1) = 4 50 - Digit  4 Only position in Row( 6) is Cell( 6, 9) 51 - Digit  7 Only position in Column( 9) is Cell( 1, 9)etc - downhill from here====================  Puzzle Solved  ====================`
Tony Williams

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