The First Beacon Journal Gold


 In the first CREATORS Gold of 3/12/22, a 4-fill created by the third clue begins a long follow up leg through a second 4-fill. A hidden dublex helps on E4. The bypass trace jumps back to continue effects lists four times.

Here’s how it looks at W5, just before several naked pairs are resolved to fill out the solution.

The BJ Gold of 3/12/22 is solved in the bypass with 3-fills only. It looks easier.

This suggests that exhaustive 4-fill analysis be deferred until 3-fills only fails. But even then, there’s no need to pass up the easily spotted placements some 4-fills provide.

Next week, the second Beacon Journal Gold of 3/15/22 falls in the bypass three ways: without 3 or 4-fills, with 3-fills only, and with 4 and 3-fills. I had to go back and correct oversights over and over, so I probably missed a few. Here’s your chance to beat the blog.

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I'm John Welch, a retired engineering professor, father of 3 wonderful daughters and granddad to 7 fabulous grandchildren. Sudoku analysis and illustration is a great hobby and a healthy mental challenge.
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