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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.

Fleshing Out Stuart’s ALS Node Figure 30.1


Andrew Stuart’s The Logic of Sudoku, in a chapter on Almost Locked Sets, presents an example of an ALS node in a confirming Almost Nice Loop, as Figure 30.1. This post fills in the solution, before and after the series … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 130 Falls in Line Marking


The funster Extreme collection review closes here, with the early departure of the last pre-selected puzzle, Extreme 130. Charles Timmerman’s funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku includes 134 Hard, 134 Very Hard and 134 Extreme puzzles. Here is the Sysudoku review … Continue reading

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A funster Extreme 116 Labor Day Special


An effective bypass, and a simple uniqueness rectangle, and three choices to close down funster Extreme 116 early. Charles Timmerman’s funster Extreme collection is less than  extreme, but a good introduction to advanced solving methods. The basic work is easy, … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 102 Goes BOGO


Barely escaping the bypass, funster Extreme 102 offers a thematic example as inference chain seeing nets an extra victim for the collapse. Close to a bypass victim, Extreme 102 finishes basic quietly. On the line marked grid grid is a … Continue reading

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A Timely Finned Fish in funster Extreme 88


Continuing the review of Charles Timmerman’s funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku, with Extreme 88. The basic compensates for a modest  bypass with a favorable line marking. A naked single early and a finned 2-wing late. Finned fish is a topic … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 60 and 74 Go Together


Two brief advanced appearances are reported in this post in review of the Extreme section of Charles Timmerman’s Funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku. In Extreme 60, the bypass starts with a 3-fill and uses them to solve a big wedge. … Continue reading

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Funster Extreme 46 Not So Much


The review of Charles Timmerman’s funster Hard to Extreme Sudoku continues with Extreme 46. It’s  entertainingly advanced. Extreme 46 has its moments.  The basic trace is spread across the page with 3-fill after 3-fill. Two unusual events occur in box … Continue reading

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