Author Archives: Sudent

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.

Classic 96 and 120 Solved in Basic


In the James Forest Classic Sudoku review, The next two pre-selected puzzles are solved in Basic, one in early line marking and one in the bypass. They are both excellent examples of the kind of Sudoku entertainment Basic level puzzles … Continue reading

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An XY Playground in Classic 72


James Forest’s Classic 72 delivers two rare birds, then gets tripped up by a Y-wing. The bypass threatens to take over, but leaves  an XY playground.       The line marked grid gives all of the Sysudoku Basic results. … Continue reading

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Classic 48 Gets to the Crayons


The second Classic of Forest’s Classic Sudoku book 30 is a strategic win for Sysudoku Advanced. X-panel keys unlock an imbalanced web of 3, 6 and 8 candidates, allowing coloring clusters to carve it into four armies, which merge and … Continue reading

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Reviewing James Forest’s Classic Sudoku


This post presents a Sysudoku solution of the Classic 24, from James Forest’s Book 30. We’ll do every 24th Classic. The first suggests an easy basic and an interesting diversity of advanced methods. The bypass fills the East boxes with … Continue reading

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KD Insane 4×5 Caps the Review


KrazyDad Insane v.4, b.10, n.5, the last of the Insane review of 2013 is updated, with findings by Andrew Stuarts Sudokuwiki solver and YT. The solver gives us one of Andrew’s Type 2b UR, an ALS boomerang ANL, and something … Continue reading

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A Pink Pattern Trial on Insane 495


LPO is delayed one post in the Sudokuwiki aided update of the KD Insane review, because two more effective methods are highlighted in KD Insane 495 of 10/08/13. A second ALS boomerang turns up, and after a similar pattern analysis … Continue reading

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Sudokuwiki Gets a Second Chance


In a second updated review post on KrazyDad v.4, b.8, n.5 , Andrew Stuart’s Sudokuwiki solver gets the clue that the ALS boomerang left unresolved, and finishes the solution, with more instructive moves. You get a shot at that unusual … Continue reading

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