## Need help with a tricky puzzle.

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

### Need help with a tricky puzzle.

Hello, I'm pretty new and don't know of many strategies, so feel free to give them to me (with examples of course).

This is the 140th puzzle in "Su Doku for Dummies". I have done all the puzzles preceding it.

Right now I'm trying to go for speed in solving, but I have come to an abrupt stop on this puzzle:

**9 54* *7*
562 187 943
**4 6*9 *5*

95* 46* 32*
*4* *** *95
**8 *95 *64

4** *** 5**
*85 974 *32
*9* *56 4**

Most likely, I am so fixated that I overlooked some kind of obvious step. Feel free to help me out.
kingnautilus

Posts: 4
Joined: 17 February 2006

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` *-----------* |..9|54.|.7.| |562|187|943| |..4|6.9|.5.| |---+---+---| |95.|46.|32.| |.4.|...|.95| |..8|.95|.64| |---+---+---| |4..|...|5..| |.85|974|.32| |.9.|.56|4..| *-----------*  *--------------------------------------------------------------------* | 138    13     9      | 5      4      23     | 1268   7      168    | | 5      6      2      | 1      8      7      | 9      4      3      | | 1378   137    4      | 6      23     9      | 128    5      18     | |----------------------+----------------------+----------------------| | 9      5      17     | 4      6      18     | 3      2      178    | | 12367  4      1367   | 2378   123    1238   | 178    9      5      | | 1237   1237   8      | 237    9      5      | 17     6      4      | |----------------------+----------------------+----------------------| | 4      1237   1367   | 238    123    1238   | 5      18     16789  | | 16     8      5      | 9      7      4      | 16     3      2      | | 1237   9      137    | 238    5      6      | 4      18     178    | *--------------------------------------------------------------------*`

Naked pair in box 9 should help! (I know, can't see the wood for the trees sometimes and we've all had those why couldn't I see that before moments!)
Were you trying to solve this without candidates? It usually helps to post your candidate list as well so we know what you've eliminated or not.

For techniques I'd recommend www.angusj.com/sudoku and www.simes.clara.co.uk/programs/sudokutechniques.htm or searching through the Advanced Techniques forum.
CathyW

Posts: 316
Joined: 20 June 2005

hi there kingnautilus,

Unfortuanately there is no way of telling where you've reached in your solution, but I hope this helps:

IN column 9, where would you place a 9

IN column 9, where would you place a 6

Tarek

tarek

Posts: 2756
Joined: 05 January 2006

Thanks guys. With your help, I've reached this:

**9 54* *76
562 187 943
**4 6*9 *5*

95* 46* 32*
*4* *** *95
**8 *95 *64

4** *** 589
*85 974 632
*9* *56 417

At this point I should be able to finish the rest of the puzzle. Thanks for the help :>
kingnautilus

Posts: 4
Joined: 17 February 2006

kingnautilus wrote:Thanks guys. With your help, I've reached this:

**9 54* *76
562 187 943
**4 6*9 *5*

95* 46* 32*
*4* *** *95
**8 *95 *64

4** *** 589
*85 974 632
*9* *56 417

At this point I should be able to finish the rest of the puzzle. Thanks for the help :>

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`819   543   276562   187   943734   629   851957   461   328641   238   795328   795   164476   312   589185   974   632293   856   417`

Check the number 9 at R7C9~
windbell

Posts: 6
Joined: 21 February 2006