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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.

Funster Extreme 4 has a Near BUG


The review of the Extreme section of Charles Timmerman’s Funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku is underway, with Funster Extreme 4. Funx 4 has a near BUG, but it gets to the doctor early and takes Dr. Stuart’s medicine dutifully. An … Continue reading

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A Guide Update and a Funster Kick Off


The threat of a “The World’s Hardest Sudoku” now relieved, this post starts a review of the “extreme” section of Charles Timmermans Funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku. But mostly, it’s a progress report on the Guide, a set of pages … Continue reading

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Painting a World’s Hardest BARN


This post ends the review of World’s Hardest Sudoku Book with its Very Hard 134.  The puzzle is not all that hard, but does allow solution in a very pleasing way, for me, at least. Right after a basic with … Continue reading

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Two More Basic Losses for the World’s Hardest


This post presents the review table, and basic traces of 46 and 188, two of the top rated ten puzzles of The World’s Hardest Sudoku Book. The puzzles were displayed on the last post. These two don’t make it to … Continue reading

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An Untyped UR Rattles World’s Hardest 188


The review of World’s Hardest Sudoku continues with a quick dispatch of puzzle 188 by a unique rectangle and straightforward coloring. The UR fails its type category, but the examination uncovers an almost accidental chain interpreted after the fact as … Continue reading

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Coloring Wrings Out World’s Hardest 102


World’s 102 starts without ‘1’ givens and with two 3-fill lines. It winds up in a coloring trap expansion into a wrap. Basic makes progress in all three phases.               Making a hasty bv … Continue reading

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World’s Hardest Sudoku 65


Not really hardest, but entertaining. World’s Hardest Sudoku 65 has a UR challenge, a UPE, a finned swordfish, an AIC ANL, and a very different color wrap. It’s also a few cells short of a multiple solution. Basics are moderate, … Continue reading

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