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Advanced methods and approaches for solving Sudoku puzzles

Postby simes » Tue Aug 23, 2005 8:48 pm

Take a look here and here

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Postby wuem » Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:27 pm

Sorry, but I still don't understand

could you explain me this as i were greenhorn
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Postby Dusty Chalk » Tue Aug 23, 2005 11:58 pm

If you look in row 2, you see that the only ones are in box 3 (columns 7,8,9 -- in this specific instance, columns 8 & 9 only). Since there has to be a one in row 2, then it must be one of those two. That would mean that you could exclude all the others in box 3. Hence, the one in r1c9 could be cancelled.
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Postby dpletcher » Wed Aug 24, 2005 2:50 am

You are absolutely correct. Thank you so much for your help.
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Postby wuem » Wed Aug 24, 2005 6:59 am

It is so obvious. I was probably blind yesterday....

Today I see. You have worked a miracle:D
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Postby Ianac » Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:41 am

The question is why can we eliminate 1 in R1C9. You will note there are 1's in R2C8 and R2C9 and with no other 1's in R2 one of these squares must contain the 1 for box 3 therefore you can safely eliminate the 1 in R1C9 . This scenario is what is meant by "possibles locked to a row " . If you can establish a certain number is confined to one box in a row or column you can safely eliminate that number from all squares in the other rows and columns squares in that box . Clear as mud!
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