## Special Puzzles

Everything about Sudoku that doesn't fit in one of the other sections

### Special Puzzles

There have been a lot of topics here where someone has found an amazing puzzle (or a few) that has a specific, rare characteristic. An example is dusoku's puzzle that has two solutions, which differ in 44 cells:
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`1.. ... 58.8.. ..1 ..6.6. .2. ...... 59. ...... .7. ....93 ..2 ....1. ... 8.4... 9.7 .5.6.. 2.. 71.`

So I was thinking that we could put together all of the puzzles that have been found to have a special characteristic. If you know of or have constructed a puzzle with a specific characteristic, post or discuss it here! Remember to say who made a puzzle you post, even if it was you. I think it would be interesting to put together all of these amazing puzzles in a gallery of sorts; it would be really too bad if any of these mathematically interesting Sudokus would be lost just because nobody has posted in a topic for too long!
qqwref

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2 answers - lowest number of clues:
gfroyle (2005.Jul.11) wrote:There are quite a few "near misses" that I have found..

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` 5 . 2 | . . . | 4 . .  . . . | 7 1 . | . . 3  . . . | . . . | . . . -------+-------+------ . . . | . . 4 | 6 . .  . 7 . | 2 . . | . . .  . 1 . | . . . | . . . -------+-------+------ 6 . . | . . 2 | . . .  . . . | . 3 . | . 1 .  4 . . | . . . | . . . `
is interesting, because it has only 16 clues. It CANNOT be uniquely solvable, because it is missing both 8 and 9, and so they can always be exchanged in any final solution.

But, this turns out to be the only problem - the puzzle has exactly TWO solutions...

2 answers - greatest divergence possible?

dukuso (2005.Sep.7) wrote:[ 24 clues ]

2 answers differ in 48 cells:

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` 1 . . | . . . | 5 8 .  8 . . | . . 1 | . . 6  . 6 . | . 2 . | . . . -------+-------+------ . . . | 5 9 . | . . .  . . . | . 7 . | . . .  . 9 3 | . . 2 | . . . -------+-------+------ . 1 . | . . . | 8 . 4  . . . | 9 . 7 | . 5 .  6 . . | 2 . . | 7 1 . `

[ update: ] Red Ed has now done better - 2 answers differ in 55 cells:
Ocean (2006.Oct.1) wrote:
Red Ed (2006.Sep.29) wrote:The biggest minimal unavoidables:
55 2
{11,13,15,16,18,19,21,22,24,26,27,29,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,43,44,46,49,52,53,54,55,56,58,61,64,65,67,68,69,72,75,76,77,79,81,82,83,84,85,88,89,91,92,93,95,96,98,99}

Here is the "ambiguity that involves 9 digits and 55 cells":

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` . 1 . | 5 . . | 2 . .  . . 3 | . 7 . | . 8 .  . . . | . . . | . . 9 -------+-------+------ 7 5 . | . 2 . | 4 6 .  2 . . | . . . | 5 . 1  . 4 6 | . . 5 | . . . -------+-------+------ 6 . 2 | 3 . . | . 4 .  . . . | . . 2 | 3 . .  . . . | 9 . . | 8 . . `

[ update: ] JPF has now done better - 2 answers differ in 58 cells:
JPF (2006.Nov.18) wrote:21 clues

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` 1 . . | . . . | 2 . .  . 3 . | . 4 . | . . .  . . 5 | . . 6 | . . . -------+-------+-------  . . . | 3 . . | 7 . .  . 4 . | . 8 . | . 5 .  . . 6 | . . 2 | . . 1 -------+-------+-------  2 . . | 7 . . | 4 . .  . . . | . 5 . | . 9 .  . . . | . . 1 | . . 6 `

[ update: ] Ocean has now done better - 2 answers differ in 60 cells:
Ocean (2006.Nov.23) wrote:21 clues

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` 1 . . | . . . | 2 . .  . 3 . | . 4 . | . . .  . . 5 | . . 6 | . . . -------+-------+------ . . . | 3 . . | 7 . .  . 4 . | . 8 . | . 5 .  . . 6 | . . 2 | . . 1 -------+-------+------ 2 . . | 7 . . | 8 . .  . . . | . 5 . | . 9 .  . . . | . . 1 | . . 6 `

Pat

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