The Olive Side of Fata Morgana

This post illustrates with Fata Morgana the practice of taking both sides of a trial, to be sure that a contradiction is found.

FM olive  trace 1The pink trial led to the solution. Fully expecting a contradiction, the olive trial begins with the four candidates included on all possible olive patterns. The marking ends without a conclusion.

FM olive ANL

The  bv scan with a bv map yields only an indecisive ANL.








FM olive finned 7-wingThe X-panel now gives a finned 7-wing, getting the marking moving again.. There are no kraken victims.





The expected contradiction appears as the marking places a second 2-candidate in the NW box.

FM olive  trace 2Given all that has been written about Fata Morgana, it is rather surprising that its complete analysis comes with such straightforward applications of sysudokie exocet, nice loop coloring, and pattern analysis trials.

Next, we revisit Wex 435, the puzzle concluding the recent Weekly Extreme review. An independent analysis by Gordon Fick shows that it doesn’t require pattern analysis, only a good eye for AIC. An acquaintance with kraken fish and coloring doesn’t hurt, either.











About Sudent

My real name is John Welch. I'm a happily married, retired professor (computer engineering), timeshare traveling, marathon running father of 3 wonderful daughters and granddad to 7 fabulous grandchildren. The blog is about Sudoku solving. It covers how to start, basic solving to find candidates efficiently, and advanced solving methods in an efficient order of battle. It is about human solving methods, not computer solving.
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