## Dan C - Help with a puzzle

Post the puzzle or solving technique that's causing you trouble and someone will help

### Dan C - Help with a puzzle

OK, so this is my first post and I'm something of a newbe, but have been pretty successful in solving puzzles so far if they can be solved using the more conventional methods. Here's a puzzle that's got me stumped. I'm probably just not seeing something obvious. The initial puzzle is as follows:

...|9..|..8
...|3..|2.6
7.8|6..|.5.
...|...|6.1
3.9|1.8|5.4
6.4|...|...
.8.|..3|4.2
9.7|..4|...
1..|..6|...

This is where I ended up:

2 6 135|9 57 157|37 4 8
4 59 15|3 8 157|2 79 6
7 39 8|6 4 2|1 5 39
8 257 25|4 237 79|6 2379 1
3 27 9|1 6 8|5 27 4
6 1 4|25 2357 579|3789 23789 379
5 8 6|7 9 3|4 1 2
9 23 7|258 1 4|38 6 35
1 4 23|258 25 6|378 3789 3579

Since this was in the newspaper, I'm assuming it can be solved without using advanced strategies.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Dan C

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Joined: 30 March 2006

This is the same puzzle, stuck at the same location as the one I replied to here: http://forum.enjoysudoku.com/viewtopic.php?p=25041#p25041

Ruud.
Ruud

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Joined: 28 October 2005

Ruud wrote:This is the same puzzle, stuck at the same location as the one I replied to here: http://forum.enjoysudoku.com/viewtopic.php?p=25041#p25041
You are right that it is the same puzzle, but it is not in the same state as Dan has already eliminated a 9 from r9c7. This makes a difference in that you only need to apply your finned x-wing, then another x-wing to eliminate the 3 from r6c9 and the puzzle will be solved.
re'born

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Joined: 31 May 2007

Thanks for the quick replys! I checked my message over 2 or 3 times before I hit the submit button and still managed to make a typing error. So sorry!

r9c7 should read 3789. In fact, I wasn't able to eliminate the 9. I'll check Ruud's link for help.

Thanks to both of you, and sorry for the confusion I caused.
Dan C

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Joined: 30 March 2006