times book 1 puzzle 80

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times book 1 puzzle 80

516439782
xx4712569
x7x568413
x2xx9417x
xxxx81x3x
x61x57x48
xxx9x6851
6xx12539x
1xx8x362x

This is how far I have got with this one. Can anyone help with the next move.
darren

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Hi there,

couldn't tell how far you progressed in this puzzle.

Assuming a steady progression though, you should hit this question.....

Look at column 1 & look at candidates 3 & 8 possible placements, any conclusions ?

Tarek

tarek

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Tarek,

Thanks for this reply, but think I have looked at this one too long. With your help I still can't see a way forward. Looking at column 1, position 2 can either be a 3 or 8. But so can position 4. Position 6 could be a 3 and position 7 could be a 3. Any other hints.

Darren.
darren

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Joined: 19 March 2006

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`   *-----------------------------------------------------------* | 5     1     6     | 4     3     9     | 7     8     2     | | 38    38    4     | 7     1     2     | 5     6     9     | | 29    7     29    | 5     6     8     | 4     1     3     | |-------------------+-------------------+-------------------| | 38    2     358   | 36    9     4     | 1     7     56    | | 479   459   579   | 26    8     1     | 29    3     56    | | 39    6     1     | 23    5     7     | 29    4     8     | |-------------------+-------------------+-------------------| | 2347  34    237   | 9     47    6     | 8     5     1     | | 6     48    78    | 1     2     5     | 3     9     47    | | 1     459   579   | 8     47    3     | 6     2     47    | *-----------------------------------------------------------*`

Perhaps it's a bit clearer with a candidate list.
CathyW

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Joined: 20 June 2005

I found the following message elsewhere on the site."A pair of cells is where you can find 2 cells in a box, row or column that can only have
2 possible numbers in them. Pairs are extremely useful as they mean you can rule out those
same 2 numbers being anywhere else in that box, row, or column in question. "

Using this information and the candidate list I believe that the next number that can go in is 9 in column 1 position 6 as the 3 and 8 are ruled out anywhere else in this column.
darren

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Joined: 19 March 2006

Darren,

Two cells which contain only the same two values are a 'naked pair'. Those two values can be excluded from all other cells in the same group. Two values that are found in only the same two cells are a 'hidden pair'. All other values in those two cells can be excluded. You'll find plenty of use for these in your Sudoku solving.

There are some excellent sites that describe the various techniques and patterns useful in solving the puzzles. I always recommend www.angusj.com/sudoku/hints.php mainly because that's a site that contains good basic information but also because I can remember the address easily.

(I'm hoping Cec reads this thread and lists some of the others that I don't remember.)

Tracy
TKiel

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Joined: 05 January 2006

Times book 1, puzzle 90

TKiel wrote:"... (I'm hoping Cec reads this thread and lists some of the others that I don't remember)"

Hi darren,
Firstly, you are correct that the exclusion of candidates in column 1 arising from the naked pair [38] in that column leads to the placement of 9 in cell r6c1(row6 column1). This demonstrates how the identification of naked "pairs" and "triples" doesn't immediately solve those particular cells but leads to the exclusion of those same candidates from other cells which can solve, or assist in solving, those cells.

There are many other sites in addition to angusj's excellent link but I prefer the following additional two - just click on them:
http://www.simes.clara.co.uk/programs/sudokutechniques.htm
http://www.scanraid.com/BasicStrategies.htm

Also, if you click on Here you can read up on the forum's procedures for posting puzzles including candidate grid and the recommended Terminology when defining cells, etc. For example, we refer to "rows" rather than "positions" - as em's saying goes "the chorus sounds better when we all have the same music sheet" or something like that.
This is probably enough homework for a while so enjoy your sudoku.
Cec
Cec

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Re: Times book 1, puzzle 90

cecbevwr wrote:"..There are many other sites in addition to angusj's excellent link but I prefer the following additional two - just click on them:
http://www.simes.clara.co.uk/programs/sudokutechniques.htm
http://www.scanraid.com/BasicStrategies.htm..."

After later noting the ambiguous wording of my above post and to avoid any misunderstanding, the angusj link makes up the "trifecta" for my preferred choice of solving technique links. Apologies to angusj for my poorly worded post.
Cec
Cec

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You never came back, so I suppose you are still confused.

Look at column 1. See 38 in r2c1 and r4c1? That means that one of those two cell MUST be 3 and the other MUST be 8. We don't know which, but who cares?

We can therefore eliminate 3 from r6c1 and r7c1.

That gives r6c1=9, right?

After that, it is all singles.

Mac
QBasicMac

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QBasicMac wrote:You never came back, so I suppose you are still confused.

Geez, whenever I post to someone and they don't reply, I always assume my post was so brilliant it answered any question they might ever have about Sudoku and left them so speechless, they couldn't possibly write a reply.

Tracy
TKiel

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Joined: 05 January 2006