## Next step only

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### Next step only

Hi all,
I have gotten as far as below and I can't seem to figure out the next step. Any help would be appreciated. I am not looking for a solution but just how to go to the next step and how did you find it? Much appreciated.
Thanks.
|--------------------|
|1 - - | - - -| 7 - - |
|9 4 - |- 5 -| 2 6 - |
|3 - - |- - 4| - 8 - |
|---------------- ---|
|- 1 9 | - - -| - 5 7|
| - 5 3| - 7 -| 9 1 -|
| - 7 - | - - -| 8 2 -|
|--------------------|
| - - - | 6 - -| - - - |
| - 3 1| - 4 -| - 9 2|
| - - 2| - - -| - - 8|
|---------------------|
einstr

Posts: 2
Joined: 22 May 2006

Row 6 - columns 1 and 3 (r6c1 and r6c3) can each only either be 4 or 6 and are mutually exclusive i.e. a "naked pair". Since one of them is 4 and the other is 6 (although we don't know which is which yet) this means that 4 and 6 can't lie anywhere else in that row or in any of the other cells in that box. Looking along to the end of Row 6 we see that r6c9 could have been either 3, 4 or 6. Since we know that it can't be 4 or 6, then it must be 3.
underquark

Posts: 299
Joined: 06 September 2005

Thanks for the tip. I just started these and get the easy and most of the mediums, but I am unfamiliar with the terms used. now i know about naked pairs. Anywhere to find out about more approaches?
einstr

Posts: 2
Joined: 22 May 2006

Lots of info on techniques in the 'Advanced solving techniques' forum. You could also check out these links:

www.angusj.com/sudoku/hints.php

www.scanraid.com/BasicStrategies.htm

Tracy
TKiel

Posts: 209
Joined: 05 January 2006

### Next step only

einstr wrote:"... I just started these ......I am unfamiliar with the terms used......... Anywhere to find out about more approaches?"

Hi einstr,
To complement the above help, you could also click on Here which describes the procedures for posting puzzles and the standard terminology .

Cec
Cec

Posts: 1039
Joined: 16 June 2005

Interesting... my next step was to eliminate the 6 as a candidate for row 4, column 7... since column 7 can only have a 6 in box 9
mike34230

Posts: 3
Joined: 24 May 2008

mike34230 wrote:Interesting... my next step was to eliminate the 6 as a candidate for row 4, column 7... since column 7 can only have a 6 in box 9

oops... I posted too quickly... that didn't even help me... immediately after that I found 3 naked pairs and the puzzle was over... sorry!
mike34230

Posts: 3
Joined: 24 May 2008