This post concludes the Alary More Extreme review puzzles with More 144, Basic marking features a timely naked quad, and advanced solving is another parade of highlights.
The basic trace classifies More Extreme 144 as a tough one. I would hate to be faced with the task of starting it with the number scanned candidates. I wouldn’t even want to do it with the grid encrusted with computer generated number scanned candidates. Are you listening, Antoine?
Your challenge for the next post is to identify the kraken victims and to show how each of them escapes. A potential victim that sees the fin by any means is eaten by the fish. Forcing chain vision is necessary.
If you don’t see the swordfish, look for its victims now missing from the previous grid.
These patterns extend the coloring into the 6-panel. What happens then is LPO magic.
One of the two 9 patterns is true. Together, they limit the blue or the green patterns of other numbers. The limits go both ways. The partial 6-patterns allow two blue 6-patterns, and zero 6-green patterns, with freeforms from the left. It’s a pink/olive wrap, in blue and green! Green candidates, and others orphaned by the blue patterns, are eliminated. That’s nine 6-candidates gone!
It’s time to close the review. Again, I do enthusiastically endorse Antoine Alary’s Extreme Sudoku and More Extreme sequel for advanced level sysudokies.
It would be nice if we could can the wild claims and honor good advanced level Sudoku books for what they are.
OK, a promise is a promise. Next time you can compare notes with me on a sysudokie solution of More Extreme 200. You have yours all ready, don’t you? If not, get the book and get busy!
And don’t forget to do your More Extreme 144 kraken homework. Virginia is in high school now, so I had to do the kraken analysis myself. Fortunately the ©Word X-panel template makes it sooo easy. Just copy the numbers in, delete the ones seen by a true victim and it’s confirmed cohorts, and see if the fin survives.
Yeah, I know. Virginia says that laptops and Office aren’t cool anymore.