## Sunday TImes "The Superior Version" 34 26-March-20

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### Sunday TImes "The Superior Version" 34 26-March-20

This seems to be the most complex Poppacom puzzle yet.

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

Normal rules stall at the following point

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`789    5      789    ¦ 247    2347   34     ¦ 2349   1      6      4      12     79     ¦ 1257   123567 136    ¦ 239    29     8      12     6      3      ¦ 8      124    9      ¦ 7      5      24     ---------------------+----------------------+----------------------179    8      2      ¦ 3      147    5      ¦ 6      479    19     1679   3      479    ¦ 147    14678  1468   ¦ 129    2479   5      167    14     5      ¦ 9      1467   2      ¦ 8      47     3      ---------------------+----------------------+----------------------28     9      1      ¦ 6      248    7      ¦ 5      3      24     3      24     6      ¦ 1245   12459  14     ¦ 1249   8      7      5      7      48     ¦ 124    123489 1348   ¦ 1249   6      19     `

There are no x-wings, unlike previous Sunday puzzles.

My logic solver was able to complete the puzzle with 25 contradictions, 10 verities and 3 veracities. I am advised that two of the contradiction cycles are sufficient to break the puzzle and there is a "turbot" classification of them. This is certainly the toughest newspaper puzzle I have yet seen.

How far will Poppacom push the Sunday Times Superior Version?
Regards
Andrew
AMcK

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From memory, there is a hidden quad in column 5 which leads to a placement in row 2. 2 straightforward x-wings and you're done. I would have to do it again to recall exactly what I did though.
Bigtone53

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Xwing 4s = r37c59
emm

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assuming you ignored the naked double in column 9, the x-wing's maximal killing force goes like this..
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`*--------------------------------------------------------------------------*| 2789    5       789    | 247    -2347    34     | 2349    1       6      || 4       12      79     | 1257    123567  136    | 239     29      8      || 12      6       3      | 8      *124     9      | 7       5      *24     ||------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|| 179     8       2      | 3      -147     5      | 6       479     19     || 1679    3       479    | 147    -14678   1468   | 129     2479    5      || 167     14      5      | 9      -1467    2      | 8       47      3      ||------------------------+------------------------+------------------------|| 28      9       1      | 6      *248     7      | 5       3      *24     || 3       24      6      | 1245   -12459   14     | 1249    8       7      || 5       7       48     | 124    -123489  1348   | 1249    6      -1249   |*--------------------------------------------------------------------------*Eliminating 4 From r1c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r4c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r5c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r6c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r8c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r9c5 ( XWing in Rows 37)Eliminating 4 From r9c9 ( XWing in Rows 37)`

solving the puzzle,

Spotting the naked double in column 9, or the double in box 1 (which allows you to construct another x-wing in 2s) would still leave you in need of the mentioned x-wing but with less eliminations....

Tarek

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After the x-wing eliminations in 4's you'll find that the 4's in box 5 are locked in row 5 allowing you to eliminate the 4's in r5c3 and r5c8 and place some numbers.

MCC
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