Which Sashimi did you find in the LA Times 5/14/09 5-panel? Was this one of them? We could describe it as a Sashimi 5-wing in r13 with fin r3c1. Note the new 5-chain added to the panel. It also removes the victim, and the toxic ends are the fin and the candidate X-wing candidate whose position is taken by the victim. The fin is seen by ER wink in this case.
In a Sashimi X-wing, the line missing one of the “corner” candidates must have a fin. Otherwise the remaining candidate would be a clue.
Thinking about these associations, we can conclude that every Sashimi X-wing is not only a 3 link chain, it is a skyscraper! And in every skyscraper, there lurks a Sashimi X-wing. Add yours to the skyscraper panel.
But wait, there could be another victim of the 5-chain 1 skyscraper above. If r8c1 sees the other end r1c5, . . . And it does, again by ER wink.
These facts suggest a politician’s strategy for Sashimi X-wings. In line marking, look for skyscrapers, then brag to your friends about finding a Sashimi X-wing. If you don’t care for politics, forget about Sashimi X-wings and just look for live three-link X-chains.
Although it generates four clues at once, it is no more decisive than any of the Sashimi X-wing/skyscrapers on the panel, because the slinks just spread the joy around. It’s a preview of the coming attraction of coloring.
For n-fish of n more than 2, fish lines of less than n X-candidates commonplace. Only those with a single X-candidate line deserve the “Sashimi” label. This line also has the fin. Just like the Sashimi X-wing and for the same reason, victims of the “single X + fin” n > 2 fish are those victims of the definned fish that see the fin. Once Sashimi are recognized and the fin is identified. They are analyzed for fin box and kraken victims no differently.
Andrew Stuart presents this “famed” Sashimi Swordfish” in The Logic of Sudoku. It is remarkable how only one of the r2 candidates matches the three fish positions defined by r4 and r6. How many of these have I passed up?
The o’s in the diagram are potential victims of the sashimi. Virginia found that none are kraken victims. Maybe you should check these out, as well.
The next post is about Mutant and Franken Fish, made of boxes as well as lines. A Maestro Megastar puzzle formerly appearing here as a “homework assignment”, was removed when it was found to collapse before reaching the mutant fish that it was meant to illustrate.