## the times fiendish

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### the times fiendish

:'o( ok i give up. anyone see the next step?

385 291 674
**2 7*8 *39
*** 36* *82

94* *37 215
**3 *** 796
*** **9 843

257 913 468
*3* 576 921
1** 482 357

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look at the column that the 6's occupy in Box 4. You can then make an exclusion from elsewhere in the column.

stuartn
stuartn

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im sorry, i dont see what you mean. could you expand on that?

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The candidate 6's in box 4 are in a single column only. That means that the 6 in that column is in one of the two cells in box 4. It can't be anywhere else. So you can make an exclusion in row 9. Hope this helps.

stuartn
stuartn

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i have 4 possibles for 6 in box 4. how have you narrowed it to two?
thanks

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There is a naked pair in row 6, ie two cells that can only contain 1 or 6. Therefore you can eliminate 1's and 6's from other cells in row 6.
SteveF

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oh no. what a muppet i am. to be fair i have raging dental pain, so i'm claiming that as an excuse! ;)

thankyou

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Muppets assisted at no extra cost. Glad to be of help. Hope the teeth feel better soon.

stuartn
stuartn

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