Clueless-Shaolin-X

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Clueless-Shaolin-X

Postby Ruud » Fri Dec 01, 2006 3:38 pm

This is the worst monstrosity I've ever created and I would like to share it with you.:)

The basic puzzle is a Shaolin or Gattai-25. In addition, the blue boxes, when combined, form a 26th sudoku. All overlapping regions (yellow and blue) are clueless. As it happens, 22 additional boxes also turned out to be clueless. All 26 constituent puzzles, including the blue one, are Sudoku-X, so the diagonals also need to contain digits 1 through 9.

As for required solving techniques: think singles, locked candidates, pairs and triples, crossovers, simple coloring and XY-Wings in the diagonals.

Please do not post a solution here. Send me a PM with the solution for the blue cells and I'll add you to the "hall of fame" below the puzzle.

Enjoy, Ruud

    {
    note by Moderator(Pat) —
    www.sudokuvault.com/images/clueless-shaolin-x-001.png = broken link;
    new image location thanks to enxio27 }

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Hall of Fame
1. Motris (dec 2, 11:54 GMT)
2. Scott H (jan 27)
Last edited by Ruud on Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:33 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby udosuk » Sat Dec 02, 2006 2:08 am

Oh dear, it seems the popularity of the Shaolin-theme has generated too much web traffic, and not only this pic, but also your sites (sudocue and hanidoku) are brought down in a hurry...:!:
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Postby motris » Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:45 am

A very nice construction Ruud - I love how the Shaolin builds into your Clueless style. That being said, it might be a bit much to solve. I've spent awhile on it, including making an error somewhere which forced me to backtrack a bunch. You are not kidding about the difficulty.
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Postby Scott H » Sat Jan 27, 2007 10:40 pm

Interesting exercise! I also needed two attempts, after making some unknown error in the first attempt. The clueless "top" square is solvable when much of the rest of the puzzle is still unknown.

I let simple sudoku do much of the grunt work in standard squares. That still left many diagonal deductions to do by hand, with plenty of delta-wings and many instances of coloring using diagonals. And of course overlap propagation must be manual.

It was fun at the end seeing several places that required diagonal constraints or overlap propagation to resolve. And square r5c1 had a tricky finish - I needed T&E to solve it, though I could see a reasonable advanced logic move (not in my standard reportoire) after the fact.

Thanks for the puzzle!
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Re: Clueless-Shaolin-X

Postby puzzlephil » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:54 pm

Hi Ruud,
I have registered 2 days ago and I am working myself through the toughest puzzles. Unfortunately I cannot send PMs. But as I have just solved your wonderful Clueless Shaolin X I would like to be added to the "hall-of-fame". :D
Any other way to send this to you?
best wishes, puzzlephil
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Re: Clueless-Shaolin-X

Postby enxio27 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:44 pm

puzzlephil wrote:But as I have just solved your wonderful Clueless Shaolin X I would like to be added to the "hall-of-fame". :D
Any other way to send this to you?

Ruud left the sudoku scene about five years ago. No one is maintaining his site anymore, although for whatever reason he still maintains the DNS registration for his Sudocue.net domain. His sudokuvault.com site (where the puzzle image was originally hosted) no longer exists (which is why you can't see the image in this thread anymore). His Sudopedia.org site has been hit with so much spam that the host has disabled it.

I collected most of his specialty puzzles and compiled them here:

http://www.rcbroughton.co.uk/sudoku/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13

As for your original question, I suppose it's up to the current forum admin whether or not to maintain Ruud's "hall of fame" for that particular puzzle. If you are using a computer program to solve puzzles (as you stated in another thread), don't expect to qualify for a listing in the "hall of fame".
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Postby Pat » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:37 pm

enxio27 wrote:Ruud left the sudoku scene about five years ago. No one is maintaining his site anymore, although for whatever reason he still maintains the DNS registration for his Sudocue.net domain. His sudokuvault.com site (where the puzzle image was originally hosted) no longer exists. His Sudopedia.org site has been hit with so much spam that the host has disabled it.

I collected most of his specialty puzzles
and compiled them here: Ruud's Specialty Puzzles


thanks !!

the image evidently requires no login


    could you please update the links
      www.sudoku.com/boards
      ==>
      Forum.EnjoySuDoku.com
    e.g.
      www.sudoku.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=5099
      ==>
      Forum.EnjoySuDoku.com/viewtopic.php?t=5099

    EDIT: sorry i neglected to mention the exception:
    where using "#" to point to a specific post,
    need also insert "p" after the "#"
    e.g.
    Forum.EnjoySuDoku.com/viewtopic.php?p=24457#p24457
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Re:

Postby enxio27 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:32 am

Pat wrote:EDIT: sorry i neglected to mention the exception:
where using "#" to point to a specific post,
need also insert "p" after the "#"
e.g.
Forum.EnjoySuDoku.com/viewtopic.php?p=24457#p24457
[/list]

I'm confused. The link seems to work the same way here with or without the p after the #. Am I missing something?

Oh, and thanks for fixing the missing images!
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Postby Pat » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:14 am

enxio27 wrote:I'm confused. The link seems to work the same way here with or without the p after the #.

right you are !
evidently i'm the one who missed something;
our Admin has fixed it to work equally with and without the extra p.
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