What do you do when you are stuck?

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What do you do when you are stuck?

Postby Guest » Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:37 pm

It happens all the time. Your half way into a sudoku and then suddenly you're stuck.
What do you do? Cry? Rip up the paper? smash your computer? WHAT DO YOU DO?. go on the web? i don't know!! Someone please give me some useful info.
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Postby Heuresement » Mon Oct 31, 2005 2:50 pm

On the rare occasions when I get stuck (not as rare as I would like), just taking a short break usually does the trick. On returning to the puzzle, where I have gone wrong is usually staring at me in the face.:D
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Postby CathyW » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:14 pm

When I get stuck I try these:

1. Like Heureusement, take a break for a few minutes - sometimes you spot something obvious when you go back to it.
2. If it's a paper puzzle, dub it into computer program (I use Pappocom and Sadman - more usually the latter these days because of auto candidate entry which can be useful) - sometimes you spot something when it's enlarged on screen or, with Sadman and some other software, you can get the next step and the reasons for it through solver log.
3. Post the puzzle to the forum and ask for help from the other good folks who subscribe. Somebody is sure to be able to give you a clue to the next step.:)
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Postby Pi » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:30 pm

1. Take a break
2. Dub it into my spreadsheet which puts in candidates for me
3. Try harder
4. Ask my computer for help
5. Post it in the forums
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Postby emm » Mon Oct 31, 2005 6:45 pm

What do you do?

Sometimes I sits 'n thinks 'n sometimes I jus' sits.:D
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Re: What do you do when you are stuck?

Postby Cec » Tue Nov 01, 2005 4:04 am

Thyqwerty wrote:It happens all the time. Your half way into a sudoku and then suddenly you're stuck..."

Hi Thyqwerty - I imagine most of us can relate to your dilemma. As well as the above suggestions if you haven't seen the following links they might help you also:


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Postby theGman » Thu Nov 03, 2005 3:33 pm

When I get stuck I generally rip up the puzzle and get back to work.
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