## Trouble with 12/25 puzzle

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### Trouble with 12/25 puzzle

I am unable to find clues to solve a puzzle that was posted in our local newspaper. It is called puzzle #6 and is rated hard.

The original puzzle looks like this:

_ _ 2 / 8 _ _ / _ 6 _
_ _ _ / 2 _ _ / 9 _ _
8 _ 4 / _ _ 1 / _ _ _

_ _ _ / 5 3 _ / _ 7 9
_ 8 _ / _ _ _ / _ 1 _
7 4 _ / _ 1 6 / _ _ _

_ _ _ / 6 _ _ / 7 _ 2
_ _ 8 / _ _ 4 / _ _ _
_ 3 _ / _ _ 9 / 1 _ _

I have been able to solve about half of it but am now completely stuck.
Here is what I have:

_ _ 2 / 8 _ 7 / 3 6 _
3 _ 7 / 2 _ 5 / 9 _ _
8 _ 4 / 3 _ 1 / 2 5 7

_ 2 _ / 5 3 8 / 4 7 9
_ 8 _ / 4 7 2 / _ 1 _
7 4 _ / 9 1 6 / 8 2 _

_ _ _ / 6 _ 3 / 7 _ 2
_ 7 8 / 1 _ 4 / _ _ _
_ 3 _ / 7 _ 9 / 1 _ _

If you can figure out where to go next, I'd appreciate the input. I have the solution in the next day's paper, but don't know how to get to it from here.

Thx
vicks93103

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Joined: 30 December 2005

check where your remaining 3s can go (esp in column 7) - this will lead you to place some 9s, then the rest of your 3s. The rest of the puzzle can be handled with "naked singles" (cells where only one number can go).
Shazbot

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### Trouble with 12/25 puzzle

Shazbot wrote:"check where your remaining 3s can go (esp in column 7) .."

As digit 3 already occupies cell r1c7 this would preclude any other 3 in column 7 - Did you mean to say column 8?

Cec
Cec

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Joined: 16 June 2005

Yes, I was able to place a 3 in column 8, and then another, followed by some 9's and 5's I think. Thanks, Shazbot! I completed the puzzle and then completed it again (another copy I had). I am just starting out and am completely addicted!
vicks93103

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Joined: 30 December 2005

thanks Cec - why am I the only one who seems to continually get row and column numbers off? Must be more careful with that....
Shazbot

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### Trouble with 12/25 puzzle

Shazbot wrote:"thanks Cec - why am I the only one who seems to continually get row and column numbers off?.."

You're not - but at least we both haven't made any more mistakes "this year" !
Cec
Cec

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