## I may be dense but...

Programs which generate, solve, and analyze Sudoku puzzles

### I may be dense but...

I am writing a sudoku solver and I"ve put in naked pairs (triples, quads) as well as other rules. I however don't have what looks to be a very simple rule:

Using Simple Sudoku I have the following puzzle:

69.|.78|2..
.7.|..2|.6.
2..|.46|..9
-----------
.1.|26.|3.0
...|415|..6
..6|8..|.2.
-----------
7..|.8.|..2
.4.|6..|.5.
...|7..|.83

When I click hint I get "Possibles locked to a column"; what does this mean? And why can 1 be eliminated from (7,4)?

I'ts probably obvious but for whatever reason I've missed it.
noeldillabough

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### Re: I may be dense but...

noeldillabough wrote:When I click hint I get "Possibles locked to a column"; what does this mean?

http://www.angusj.com/sudoku/hints.php#eliminating_candidates_1
angusj

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Joined: 12 June 2005

### Oh Goodness :)

Aah such denseness!! I never thought of that. Maybe a case of forest before tree syndrome

After investigation I did indeed have this rule its just I didn't call it anymore when I put in the pairs/triples/quads code. Now I'm going to have to look at swordfish and xwing...those are scaring my little brain!
noeldillabough

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Joined: 09 July 2005