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andras



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:01 am    Post subject: Feb 24 VH Reply with quote

Another nice one!

I found an xyz on 4,5,9 and an xy on 3,4,6 which broke the puzzle, but I suspect that the first of these wasn't necessary.

Other solutions probably abound; I suspect there's a couple of URs in there too. Smile

John
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nataraj



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found those same two xyz and xy wings and I doubt that there are many alternatives. I am pretty sure that the first (4,5,9) xyz wing is needed to unlock the 36-34-46 xy-wing .
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andras



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to annoy me, my wife then solved it faster than I'd done without any advanced techniques at all.

I just wish I knew how! Sad

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Earl



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 12:54 pm    Post subject: Feb 24 Reply with quote

After basics

Earl


Code:

+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 7   19 29 | 1459 8 12459 | 6   49 3   |
| 3   5  4  | 19   6 7     | 189 2  89  |
| 129 6  8  | 149  3 1249  | 159 7  459 |
+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 19  19 36 | 7    2 34    | 38  5  468 |
| 8   7  36 | 1346 5 134   | 39  49 2   |
| 25  4  25 | 36   9 8     | 37  1  67  |
+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 4   3  7  | 8    1 59    | 2   6  59  |
| 59  8  59 | 2    7 6     | 4   3  1   |
| 6   2  1  | 359  4 359   | 579 8  579 |
+-----------+--------------+------------+

Play this puzzle online at the Daily Sudoku site

I did not see the W-wing (36), so I used an xy-chain with pincers at R2C9, R4C7, eliminating the 8 in R2C7. This was an honest VH.


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nataraj



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andras wrote:
... my wife then solved it faster than I'd done without any advanced techniques at all.


If it happens, it must be possible ...

A few possibilities:

- intuition
- enlightenment
- the advanced technique not yet publicly known but already available to select beta-users

of maybe ...

(my hand is cramping, does not want to write it down)

... guessing? Shocked Shocked Shocked

Probably: just gifted.

P.S. I've heard that for sudoku competitions, the only way to be real fast is in fact guessing. Don't know if it's true, but sounds like a good strategy.
Sure, you don't always get the correct solution, but if you do you are first... Very Happy
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Marty R.



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Feb 24 Reply with quote

Earl wrote:
After basics

Earl


Code:

+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 7   19 29 | 1459 8 12459 | 6   49 3   |
| 3   5  4  | 19   6 7     | 189 2  89  |
| 129 6  8  | 149  3 1249  | 159 7  459 |
+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 19  19 36 | 7    2 34    | 38  5  468 |
| 8   7  36 | 1346 5 134   | 39  49 2   |
| 25  4  25 | 36   9 8     | 37  1  67  |
+-----------+--------------+------------+
| 4   3  7  | 8    1 59    | 2   6  59  |
| 59  8  59 | 2    7 6     | 4   3  1   |
| 6   2  1  | 359  4 359   | 579 8  579 |
+-----------+--------------+------------+

Play this puzzle online at the Daily Sudoku site

I'm not sure if my grid was identical to this, but the W-Wing on 36 in boxes 4 and 5 knocked out the 3 from r4c6 and solved the puzzle.
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sdq_pete



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Marty, that's what solved it in one move for me too.
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storm_norm



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

coloring on 4

xyz-wing {4,5,9} in box 3

xy-wing {3,4,6} pivot in r4c6
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storm_norm



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
P.S. I've heard that for sudoku competitions, the only way to be real fast is in fact guessing. Don't know if it's true, but sounds like a good strategy.
Sure, you don't always get the correct solution, but if you do you are first...


nataraj,
one of my coworkers continually beats me to solutions by guessing. but its not really guessing because he takes the number with the least candidates available. I wouldn't say he is even 75 percent accurate when he guesses, but the information he acquires is amazing.

Quote:
- the advanced technique not yet publicly known but already available to select beta-users


run that by me again?

norm
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nataraj



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

storm_norm wrote:

Quote:
- the advanced technique not yet publicly known but already available to select beta-users


run that by me again?

norm


I was only kidding. In the software business, sometimes new products are made available to select customers for "beta-testing". It usually means you get to use the cool new features before everyone else can, in return you have to put up with a lot of aggravation, like the thing not working properly most of the time.

I could also have put "the advanced technique developped by aliens" or similar nonsense. Sorry if I stirred any expectations ...
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storm_norm



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nataraj wrote:
storm_norm wrote:

Quote:
- the advanced technique not yet publicly known but already available to select beta-users


run that by me again?

norm


I was only kidding. In the software business, sometimes new products are made available to select customers for "beta-testing". It usually means you get to use the cool new features before everyone else can, in return you have to put up with a lot of aggravation, like the thing not working properly most of the time.

I could also have put "the advanced technique developped by aliens" or similar nonsense. Sorry if I stirred any expectations ...


I was 50/50 on whether you were joking or being serious, but it was funny nonetheless. I went through the whole 360 of denial.

first... nah, he can't be serious, then... maybe he is serious... then... ok, what new technique... then all the way back to... he wasn't serious.
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