## Boston Globe for 11 December - error as printed

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### Globe puzzle, December 11 2005

this one

..5..47.2
3..1.....
....8.36.
...75.6..
.9.....7.
..7.62...
.46.3....
.....1...
9.38..5..

The program says is invalid - not solvable by logic alone. Have I made a typo in entering it? I can't seem to see one.

Thanks
whitefork

Posts: 5
Joined: 11 December 2005

If it's a Pappocom puzzle it should be symmetrical. You're missing a clue from row 8 box 9.
emm

Posts: 987
Joined: 02 July 2005

Well well. It does say "By Pappacom" and the Globe printed it with an empty cell at (8,9). Putting a 3 in there does make it valid.

Yet the puzzle seems to have a unique solution with the empty cell.
whitefork

Posts: 5
Joined: 11 December 2005

The printed puzzle has three solutions. Logic alone takes us so far:

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` 8 6 5 | 3 9 4 | 7 1 2  3 2 . | 1 7 6 | . 5 .  . 7 . | 2 8 5 | 3 6 . -------+-------+------  . 3 . | 7 5 8 | 6 . .  6 9 . | 4 1 3 | . 7 5  . . 7 | 9 6 2 | . . . -------+-------+------  . 4 6 | 5 3 9 | . . .  . . . | 6 4 1 | . . .  9 1 3 | 8 2 7 | 5 4 6     8   6    5 |  3  9  4 |    7   1    2     3   2   49 |  1  7  6 |  489   5   48    14   7  149 |  2  8  5 |    3   6   49 ---------------+----------+--------------    24   3   14 |  7  5  8 |    6  29  149     6   9   28 |  4  1  3 |   28   7    5   145  58    7 |  9  6  2 |   14  38   13 ---------------+----------+--------------    27   4    6 |  5  3  9 |   18  28  178    57  58   28 |  6  4  1 |   29  39   37     9   1    3 |  8  2  7 |    5   4    6 `

Unfortunately, it's not possible to solve for r8c9, the cell identified by em as the missing cell. Since two of the three solutions have a 7 in this cell and just one has a 3, clearly Wayne intended for a 3 to go into that cell, as surmised by whitefork.

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`I. 8 6 5 | 3 9 4 | 7 1 2  3 2 9 | 1 7 6 | 4 5 8  1 7 4 | 2 8 5 | 3 6 9 -------+-------+------  2 3 1 | 7 5 8 | 6 9 4  6 9 8 | 4 1 3 | 2 7 5  4 5 7 | 9 6 2 | 1 8 3 -------+-------+------  7 4 6 | 5 3 9 | 8 2 1  5 8 2 | 6 4 1 | 9 3 7  9 1 3 | 8 2 7 | 5 4 6 II. 8 6 5 | 3 9 4 | 7 1 2  3 2 4 | 1 7 6 | 9 5 8  1 7 9 | 2 8 5 | 3 6 4 -------+-------+------  4 3 1 | 7 5 8 | 6 2 9  6 9 2 | 4 1 3 | 8 7 5  5 8 7 | 9 6 2 | 4 3 1 -------+-------+------  2 4 6 | 5 3 9 | 1 8 7  7 5 8 | 6 4 1 | 2 9 3  9 1 3 | 8 2 7 | 5 4 6 III. 8 6 5 | 3 9 4 | 7 1 2  3 2 9 | 1 7 6 | 8 5 4  4 7 1 | 2 8 5 | 3 6 9 -------+-------+------  2 3 4 | 7 5 8 | 6 9 1  6 9 8 | 4 1 3 | 2 7 5  1 5 7 | 9 6 2 | 4 8 3 -------+-------+------  7 4 6 | 5 3 9 | 1 2 8  5 8 2 | 6 4 1 | 9 3 7  9 1 3 | 8 2 7 | 5 4 6 `

The puzzle isn't totally straightforward even with the 3 in place. I'll leave it as an exercise.

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` . . 5 | . . 4 | 7 . 2  3 . . | 1 . . | . . .  . . . | . 8 . | 3 6 . -------+-------+------  . . . | 7 5 . | 6 . .  . 9 . | . . . | . 7 .  . . 7 | . 6 2 | . . . -------+-------+------  . 4 6 | . 3 . | . . .  . . . | . . 1 | . . 3  9 . 3 | 8 . . | 5 . . Straightforward to here:    18     6     5 |  3   9  4 |     7     18    2      3    28  2489 |  1   7  6 |   489      5  489    147    17   149 |  2   8  5 |     3      6  149 -------------------+-----------+------------------    124   123   124 |  7   5  8 |     6  12349  149      6     9    28 |  4   1  3 |    28      7    5   1458  1358     7 |  9   6  2 |   148   1348  148 -------------------+-----------+------------------    128     4     6 |  5   3  9 |   128    128    7   2578  2578    28 |  6  24  1 |  2489   2489    3      9    12     3 |  8  24  7 |     5    124    6 `
rubylips

Posts: 149
Joined: 01 November 2005

A misprint most likely. Rubylips, thank you for pointing out the alternate solutions. This is the first time I've run into this situation in published puzzles. Does this happen sometimes?

I've been doing these for a few months now but I'm new to this community. Thanks for responding.
whitefork

Posts: 5
Joined: 11 December 2005

Hello all. There is evidently a problem with the way this puzzle is printed. I am getting in touch with the Globe to see how they managed to get it wrong.

If only papers would print the puzzles from the PDF files I supply them with there would never be a problem. It's when they try to transcribe from my PDF file, using it as a data source, that problems arise.

- Wayne
Pappocom

Posts: 599
Joined: 05 March 2005

### Globe puzzle, December 11 2005

Pappocom wrote:Hello all. There is evidently a problem with the way this puzzle is printed. I am getting in touch with the Globe to see how they managed to get it wrong.

If only papers would print the puzzles from the PDF files I supply them with there would never be a problem. It's when they try to transcribe from my PDF file, using it as a data source, that problems arise.

- Wayne

What is the end resolution of this misprint? Was the only error in the puzzle in r8c9? Or are there other errors?

--Bill
gtmtnbiker

Posts: 1
Joined: 23 December 2005

Indeed. r8c9 = 3. That's the only change.

(Note, if you don't believe me then you can check it on the Solutions page (http://www.sudoku.com/solutions.php). Just select Boston Globe and enter 54723. (The blue numbers are the clues))
Animator

Posts: 469
Joined: 08 April 2005

I confirm that Animator has it right.

The Boston Globe printed their apology the next day.

- Wayne.
Pappocom

Posts: 599
Joined: 05 March 2005

Thanks for the clarification. I had arrived at a different solution than the one published in the Globe also, and was surprised, as I thought there was only one unique solution to a puzzle.

I never really paid much attention to the symmetry in the puzzles. Is symmetry somehow a requirement of a "legitimate" puzzle or is it a feature of Pappacom's sudoku's in particular? Could the lack of symmetry be used as a flag for an incorrectly published sudoku?

-LB
lbass

Posts: 1
Joined: 30 December 2005

It's a feature of Pappocom's sudoku's.

Further reference: Three features of all Pappocom puzzles
Animator

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Joined: 08 April 2005